Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged, or to take the place of missing teeth. A crown, also referred to as a cap, is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can dramatically improve a tooth’s appearance, shape and alignment. Crowns may be used to replace a large filling with not much natural tooth structure remaining and also restore a broken, discolored, or root canaled tooth.
A bridge is an ideal method to fill the space created by missing teeth. A bridge is one or more artificial teeth that are cemented into place using the teeth on either side for support. This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically.
The materials used to make crowns and bridges may be gold, porcelain fused to metal, or all ceramic materials made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.