Crowns and Bridges
Crowns cover the entire surface of your tooth. They are used to protect existing teeth and/or improve their appearance. They are usually made of porcelain and may have a gold core. To fit the crown your dentist will reduce the size of your existing tooth to make enough space for the crown and then make a mould for the dental technician. Your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until the dental technician has made yours. Your dentist will cement the crown into place.
A dental bridge is a false tooth or teeth that are fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in an area missing teeth. Your dentist will take a mould of your mouth and a dental technician will make your bridge so it matches the colour of your natural teeth. Bridges are important not only for improved cosmetic appearance but to keep existing teeth in position and prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
Types of Bridges:
- Fixed Bridge: the crowns holding the bridge in place are attached to your teeth on either side of the false tooth/teeth. They cannot be removed from your mouth.
- Cantilever Bridge: can be used when teeth are on only one side of the open space.
Depending on the structure of your teeth, your dentist may suggest a combination of a fixed and cantilever bridge.