Crowns & Bridges

About Crowns

Crowns are different from bridges in that a crown is used to restore an existing tooth versus a missing tooth. A crown is a cap, which is usually made of porcelain. That cap is placed on the top of the tooth to restore its natural function, as well as its appearance. Crowns replace the portion of the tooth that has been removed due to advanced decay with a procedure called a root canal.

Crowns have other uses when it comes to dental restoration. A crown can be used to attach bridges. It’s also the perfect cover for implants. You might have a cracked tooth or possibly an existing filling that might suddenly become loose or dislocated. A crown is the best way to address such a problem. Let’s say you have a discolored or stained tooth and you want to improve its appearance. A crown can be made and fitted to the tooth and restore it to its natural appearance.

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Crowns: A Closer Look

About Bridges

If you have missing teeth, there is a natural looking and ideal solution for correcting the problem—a bridge. These dental appliances provide you with a permanent replacement and one can’t tell the difference between a bridge and your natural teeth. The reason? Bridges are custom-made so they fit the space of the missing tooth or teeth, restoring your teeth’s natural contour. This restoration also assures the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth is perfectly aligned.

Bridges are also versatile. When it comes to fixed bridges, you’ll find a number of types. Fixed means the bridge cannot be removed. These types include conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges.  In some cases a bridge can be removed and cleaned by the wearer. However, other types of bridges have to be removed by the dentist.

Bridges are made from different types of materials. The most common materials used to build a bridge are porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of these materials. The end result is the natural restoration of your missing teeth.

There is also an appliance, which is called an implant bridge. These are attached to an area in the mouth that is below the gum tissue or the bone.