A dental crown or cap is a tooth-shaped cover that is placed over a damaged tooth to restore its natural appearance and prevent further deterioration. Crowns are used in cases of severely chipped or broken teeth, to cover the exposed area of a tooth following a root canal procedure, to replace a large old filling or for cosmetic reasons. In cases, when filling is not a viable solution to correcting the damage sustained by a tooth, crowns can provide a long-term solution to restoring the function of your teeth and enhancing the appearance of your smile.
Crowns can be made of either metal or porcelain, or a combination of both. Because all crowns are custom made for each patient, it may take more than one appointment to complete. The impressions are used to fabricate a model of your mouth on which the final crown is made.
A dental bridge consists of an artificial tooth connected to a set of crowns used to fill a gap created by one or more missing teeth. Dentist creates a custom bridge for a patient’s mouth that will look and function like your natural teeth. The process takes number of sitting before a final dental bridge is placed. At the first visit, the area is numbed and a dental hand piece is used to prepare the neighboring teeth that will support the bridge. Next, impressions are taken of the prepared teeth and a temporary bridge is placed to protect the teeth for any further damage. The impressions are used to fabricate a model of your mouth on which the final bridge is made. The final bridge is then cemented and anchored to the neighboring teeth, so you do not have to worry about removing or repositioning the bridge once it is cemented in your mouth. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental exams, bridges and crowns can solve the problems created by missing and damaged teeth.