Crowns and Bridges
A dental crown is principally a type of restoration wherein a tooth-shaped cap is placed over the affected tooth. After shaping the affected tooth appropriately, it is used as an abutment for the crown to be cemented over it to restore the form and function of the tooth.
When a tooth has considerable decay or has been massively restored, a crown may be recommended to cap or cover the damaged tooth. It not only strengthens the damaged tooth, but can also improve its shape, alignment, and appearance. A crown can made of zirconium, ceramics, gold or other metal alloys, or a combination of these. Crowns may be recommended by your dentist in the following circumstances as well:
✓ To cap over a tooth with extensive/ multiple restorations
✓ To safeguard a cracked tooth at risk of getting fractured
✓ To restore a person’s fractured tooth
✓ To restore a poor-shaped or discolored tooth
✓ To reinforce a tooth with root canal treatment
Inserting a Bridge
When you have one or several missing teeth, a bridge may be recommended. A bridge replaces the missing teeth between the existing natural teeth, using the natural teeth as abutments after shaping them like that for a crown. A bridge may be an alternative to implants and dentures in tooth replacement therapy.
Both bridges and dental crowns are fixed prosthodontic procedures. This means that unlike dentures and other removable prostheses, bridges and crowns are cemented to the existing teeth/ implants. These can be only removed by a dentist.