Bridges and Crowns
What are Bridges and Crowns?
Dental bridges and crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants by a dentist or prosthodontist. Crowns are used most commonly to cover or “cap” a damaged tooth entirely or cover an implant. Bridges are frequently used to cover a space if you’re missing one or more teeth.
Benefits of Bridges & Crowns
In addition to strengthening a damaged tooth, dental bridges and crowns can be used to improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment, and dental occlusion (bite). Gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can result in a bad bite. Bridges and crowns help prevent this from happening.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth — to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.