Crowns and Bridges
Crown and bridge refers to the restoration of teeth that have been damaged, decayed or lost. A Crown refers to the restoration of a single tooth. A Bridge refers to one or more artificial teeth on a metal framework used to replace one or more missing teeth.
Crown - Porcelain
A porcelain crown is used on a tooth that has become fragile through decay or recurrent fillings. Porcelain is usually used for anterior (front) teeth for the most natural appearance.
Crown - Full Metal Crown
A full metal crown is used when there limited natural tooth structure remaining and limitation and coronal height of the tooth.
Crown - Veneer (porcelain fused to metal)
Veneer crowns are most often used on posterior (back) teeth and are stronger than porcelain. The veneer crown is used on a tooth that has been weakened through decay or injury.
Crown - Three Quarter
A ¾ crown is used when part of the natural tooth enamel is still healthy. Only ¾ of the tooth needs to be restored.
A fixed bridge is used when a tooth is missing between neighbouring teeth. The adjoining teeth must be healthy with good bone and gum support. A fixed bridge is made at a lab and is cemented onto the adjoining teeth with the gap being filled by an artificial tooth attached by crowns to the patient's natural teeth.
Advantages of Crowns & Bridges
- Restores a damaged tooth or teeth
- Durable and quite long lasting
- Aesthetically pleasing and can help to restore self-confidence in a patient