A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover placed over a tooth and secured with dental cement. Crowns are generally used to improve the strength or appearance of the tooth. The Dentist usually takes a dental impression in order to fabricate the crown.
Most crowns are made from High Precious Metal and Porcelain:
- Porcelain crowns are aesthetically more appealing and very natural looking, and most often used in the front of the mouth.
- Gold is usually used on the back teeth, is easier to use than porcelain and requires less tooth be drilled away.
Crowns are used to protect broken, worn down teeth. They are also used to cover dental implants, a dental bridge or a tooth with a large filling.
Bridges are used as a replacement for a missing tooth by attaching permanently to adjoining teeth or dental implants. They are an alternative to dental implants or dentures. Bridges are important because the teeth on either side of a missing tooth can shift and potentially lead to gum disease. Bridges are most often made with Porcelain and Precious Metal.
Benefits of Dental Bridges:
- Prevents movement and erosion of adjacent and opposing teeth
- Last a long time, sometimes up to 20 years
- Restore ability to chew properly
- Maintain the shape of the face
- Restore your smile
- Aesthetically appealing