Dental crowns are used to cover and strengthen one damaged tooth or are placed on top of an implant, but it can also be used to improve the appearance and shape of a tooth.
Dental Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth and these are fixed to your natural adjacent teeth or implants.
Dentist need to reduce the size of the teeth needing a dental crown or dental bridge and take an impression, which is sent to dental lab. Meanwhile, a temporary crown or bridge is used until the permanent crowns are ready.
Dental crowns are used to:
- Protect a weak tooth
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Restore a poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a root canal treated tooth
- Cover an implant
- Attach a bridge
There are several types of bridge:
- Traditional Fixed Dental Bridge
This type of dental bridge can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Here the “false tooth” is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill the gap left by a missing tooth.
- Cantilever Dental Bridge
In areas of your mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth, a cantilever dental bridge may be used. A cantilever dental bridge is when the “false tooth” is only supported on one side. The result is just as aesthetic but has the benefit that fewer teeth have to be treated.
- Resin Bonded Dental Bridges / Maryland Dental Bridge
The type of dental bridge that is almost always used for your front teeth. The main benefit of this type of dental bridge is that healthy teeth either side need either minimal or no preparation. The “false tooth” is fused to metal or ceramic “wings” that are bonded very firmly to the supporting or “abutment” teeth with a resin. The wings are hidden from view so that only the porcelain, which appears just like a natural tooth, is visible.
- Implant Supported Dental bridges
Implants are the modern way to replace missing teeth. An implant is placed in the bone where the tooth root would have originally been. When it has fused to the bone it can be restored with individual crowns or, when more than one tooth is missing, with an implant supported dental bridge. Even if you have no teeth in one or both jaws, implants can be placed and an implant supported dental bridge securely fixed.