A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or a dental implant. A dental crown can be used for a tooth you might consider to remove and make it stronger for years. A dental crown can also anchor a dental bridge, which is a replacement option for a missing tooth or teeth.
Why you would need dental crown?
- Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining.
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
What are Dental Bridges?
A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth and “bridges” the gap where one or more teeth used to be.
Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to crowns that cover the abutments.