Prosthetic devices that are non-removable and are cemented onto existing teeth or implants by a dentist is called a crown or bridge.
To cover an implant or to cover or “cap” a tooth that is damaged or cracked is done by using a crown.
Crowns may be used to:
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
- Cover a dental implant
- Fix a tooth that has already fractured
- Cosmetically cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Help prevent future tooth fracture by covering a weak tooth with a large filling
If you are missing one or more teeth, bridges are commonly used to cover a space. The dentist uses cement on natural teeth or implants that surround the missing tooth. A bridge is a great option to fill the space created by missing teeth because it increases both function and cosmetics.
Benefits of Crowns and Bridges
Crowns not only strengthen a damaged tooth but can also improve a tooth’s appearance, alignment, shape, and bite (dental occlusion). Materials used for crowns and bridges can be gold alloys, all ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color, or porcelain bonded to metal alloy.