If you happen to have a crack or chip in your teeth, porcelain crowns and veneers can be used to restore your smile and preserve the function of your damaged teeth.
Dental Crowns are used to strengthen and restore a tooth to it’s full functionality and appearance. A tooth crown, also referred to as a cap, is custom made to fit over your entire tooth after the dentist has prepared it. Crowns essentially protect a tooth and hold it together. A dental crown is usually made out of acrylic, or porcelain that has been fused to metal, or plain porcelain, to with stand biting pressure. Crowns can be used in cosmetic dentistry to treat teeth that are poorly shaped, badly decayed, fractured, chipped or discoloured. Dental Crowns are also used in conjunction with implants to replace a lost tooth.
A Dental Bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. A false tooth, known as a pontic, is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. The two crowns that hold it in place are attached onto your teeth on each side of the missing tooth. This is a fixed bridge.
Importance of dental crowns and bridges
Dental Crowns and Bridges help correct some bite issues which may improve your speech and chewing ability. Dental Crowns and Bridges along with good dental hygiene, oral care and regular dental checkups may last for many years.
Is it right for you?
Crowns may be used to protect a cracked tooth, restore functionality of a tooth with excessive decay, or replace a preexisting crown. The purpose of a dental crown is to encase a needy tooth with a custom-designed material. If you have a space from a missing tooth, a Dental Bridge will be custom made to fill in the space with a false tooth. The false tooth is attached by the bridge to the two other teeth around the space – bridging them together.