Crowns are caps that are placed on top of damaged teeth and are used to protect, cover, and restore the shape of your teeth. A crown can strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling. Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken. If your dentist recommends a crown, it is probably to correct one of these conditions and your dentist’s primary concern is to help you keep your teeth healthy and smile bright!
If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge might be an option for you. A bridge can be used to replace anywhere from one to four teeth, depending on the patients needs. Bridges fill in the gap with one or more artificial (false) teeth. It consists of dental crowns on either side of the missing tooth or teeth supporting the false tooth and is cemented in place.