Crowns are a form of dental restoration that may be used for a number of different reasons. Also known as “tooth caps” or “dental caps,” crowns completely cover the tooth above the gum line. It is normally done to restore the shape of and/or strengthen a tooth, or cover a dental implant. It may also be used for cosmetic reasons. The natural underlying tooth is prepared and shaped, this is followed by a series of impressions to allow the fitting of the custom made porcelain crown.
Reasons your tooth may be compromised and require a crown include:
Dental injury resulting in a cracked or chipped tooth
Cosmetic imperfections of a tooth
A tooth that has undergone root canal therapy
A tooth that has been weakened due to decay, clenching or grinding
Bridges are similar to crowns and are used to replace a missing or several missing teeth. The teeth either side of the missing teeth are prepared for crowns and a bridge is then constructed. The bridge is glued or cemented to the teeth either side of the space with a false tooth joined between them to replace the missing tooth or teeth.