A dental crown (cap) is a restoration that is placed on teeth that have lost a lot of their structure. There are various types of crowns, ranging from full porcelain to full metal crowns. Your dentist will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each kind for you.
Crowns may also be used to securely attach a bridge if the structure of the surrounding teeth is inadequate. A bridge is a dental appliance that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are designed to be cosmetically appealing and to restore proper occlusion. Like crowns, bridges are fully customizable and made of various materials, including porcelain and metals. Although not as permanent as a cap, bridges are bonded to the surrounding teeth and only removable by your dentist.
Both crowns and bridges are created to match the color, height, texture, and overall appearance of your teeth. Most crowns and bridges will last for life, eliminating the need to replace them unless they fall out or become loose. You may prolong the durability of your crowns and bridges by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.
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Teeth that have been severely damaged need a more intensive dental treatment than veneers can offer. For these patients, a crown is an ideal solution because it is wrapped around the entire tooth, providing incredible support. After a mold is taken of a patient’s tooth, our technicians create the perfect shape and colored crown that Amazing Smile Dentistry: Dr. Trina Chau will place over the tooth. It is imperative that a highly skilled dentist conduct this dental procedure to ensure that the crown fits properly, as loose fitting crowns can be painful.
Bridges are used to replace one or more missing tooth. They are amazingly strong because a bridge is secured to the existing teeth on both sides and then cemented into place. Patients that have bridge work done can bite down like they would with normal teeth without the fear of it breaking or becoming loose. The staff at Amazing Smile Dentistry: Dr. Trina Chau are highly trained and experts at installing both crowns and bridges.