Crown and Bridge
What is a crown?
What is a bridge?
A dental crown is a cap that covers the whole surface of the tooth, returning it to its ideal
shape and size. There are several kinds of crowns, but porcelain crowns are the most common.
A dental bridge essentially fills the gap created by one or more missing teeth. The bridge is held in position by securing the bridge on to the teeth adjacent to the gap. It is similar in appearance to a crown.
This dental treatment may be recommended by your friendly Dentist as a form of restoration to your tooth/teeth. Some reasons you may require a crown include: restoration to a tooth after a root canal, support for a tooth severely damaged by tooth decay or holding together a severely broken or cracked tooth.
This treatment usually requires two appointments to complete. The first being the lengthy appointment where the tooth is prepared for the crown, impressions and shades are taken in order for your customized crown to be made and the second is typically quite fast, where the crown is cemented on to the tooth.
To help make the crown/bridges last for several years, hygiene and care is very important. Similar to natural teeth, crowns and bridges offer no lifetime guarantee. Good dental and oral hygiene plays an important role in the maintenance of crowns/bridges.