Dental crowns and bridges are prosthetic devices attached or cemented to existing teeth or implants to help protect or keep teeth in shape. Unlike removable dentures, these are fixed in place and can only be removed by your dentist. Crowns are typically used to protect damaged or decaying teeth, typically made from porcelain or gold. This is applied when the teeth becomes too damaged to survive a regular filing or to help a tooth prepare for a Bridge. Bridges are dental implants, sometimes referred to as “false tooth”, attached to the next healthy tooth. From the word “bridge”, meaning join together. The only drawback is that the next tooth has to be strong enough to hold the implant in place.
As you age, your teeth age too. Decay, fillings, trauma or even just normal chewing habits can make your teeth break down over time. A dental crown or a cap is a cover that is placed over a tooth to protect a weakened tooth from further fracturing or deteriorating. A crown could also be used to replace a discolored or badly shaped tooth or protect a tooth that has had a root canal. Lastly, a new crown is necessary to simply replace an old worn down or defective crown.
Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth in your mouth. Dental bridges are fixed- in, that they are cemented on the supporting teeth, or in some cases fixed on the dental implant that has been placed next to the missing teeth.