Crowns are a type of dental restoration which, when cemented into place, fully cup over the tooth.
In comparison, fillings are dental restorations that fill in or cover over just a portion of a tooth. Since dental crowns encase the entire visible aspect of a tooth, a dental crown in effect becomes the tooth's new outer surface.
Crowns can be made out of porcelain, metal (a gold or other metal ), or a combination of both.
Other terms that are used to refer to dental crowns are "dental caps" and "tooth caps."
Dental crowns are recommend for a variety of reasons but, in general, most of these reasons will usually fall within one of the following basic categories:
- To restore a tooth to its original shape.
- To strengthen a tooth.
- To improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth/teeth in between.
These false teeth can be made from gold, alloys, white porcelain or a combination of these materials.
Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Among the benefits of dental bridges are :
- Restore your smile
- Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of po