Crown and Bridge
What is a Crown?
- Crowns and Bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants.
- Crowns are used most commonly to entirely cover or "cap" a damaged tooth or cover an implant.
- Bridges are commonly used to cover a space if you’re missing one or more teeth. They are cemented to natural teeth or implants surrounding the space where the tooth once stood.
- Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
- Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth.
- In addition to strengthening a damaged tooth, bridges and crowns can be used to improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment and dental occlusion (bite). Gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can result in a bad bite. Bridges and crowns help prevent this from happening.