What is a crown?
A dental crown is like a small cap or helmet that sits over and surrounds the entire tooth. Crowns are typically placed to restore strength, cosmetics, and function to damaged, broken, worn or unaesthetic teeth. Crowns are often the strongest and longest lasting restorations that can be placed in the mouth.
Dental crowns might be needed for several reasons, including:
- Protecting a weak tooth
- Restore a broken or worn down tooth
- Restore and strengthen a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment
- Support a tooth with a large filling
- Restore an implant
- Cover misshapen or discoloured teeth
Under the above mentioned circumstances, a full coverage restoration like a crown is the best option to extend the life of a tooth for years to come. A consultation with one of our dentists is the best way to determine whether a dental crown may be beneficial for you.
A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges are anchored to crowns on the adjacent natural teeth or implants. Once placed, they restore patients’ smiles and improve their ability to chew and speak.
These fixed restorations also alleviate stress on the bite, allow patients to maintain their face shape, and help prevent teeth from drifting out of position—which can cause other functional as well as cosmetic problems.