When dental damage or decay is too extensive for a filling, different treatments may be more appropriate. Crowns, for example, can strengthen damaged or decayed teeth. Bridges are designed to fill gaps that result from missing teeth and support the structure of the bite. Both of these restorations are permanently attached to the teeth and can provide long-lasting cosmetic and functional benefits.
Benefits of Crowns and Bridges
- Protect weakened teeth from further damage
- Provide permanent results
- Improve the appearance of the smile
A crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that covers the top of a tooth to strengthen and restore it to a normal appearance. Crowns may be placed to protect weak teeth from breaking or restore teeth with significant decay and minimal remaining tooth structure. They can also be used to attach a bridge in place, cover a dental implant, or support a weakened tooth after a root canal procedure.
Bridges are intended to fill gaps caused by one or more missing teeth. These zirconia or gold restorations provide cosmetic improvement to a patient’s smile, create a normal bite, restore the ability to properly chew and speak, and prevent the drifting and tilting of adjacent teeth. A bridge is attached to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth by first preparing them for crowns. The customized false teeth are then attached to those crowns. Depending on your specific case, dental implants may be a better option to consider.