A dental crown or ‘cap’ is a covering, usually made of porcelain, that protects an existing tooth. A bridge consists of an artificial tooth or teeth, replacing one or more missing teeth. Dental crowns and bridges are cemented to your teeth.
Crowns are used to restore a tooth that has broken, is significantly decayed, or badly shaped. They may need to be used in cases of severe tooth wear, caused by acid erosion or grinding. Bridges are fixed restorations, used to replace one or two missing teeth.
In order to place a crown or bridge, teeth need to be prepared. To do this, they are trimmed back to allow for room. This is always done under local anaesthetic.
Both crowns and bridges are used to restore broken dentition, missing teeth, improve chewing ability, improve appearance and maintain a natural bite. Restoring missing teeth prevents facial sagging and the premature appearance of wrinkles. Crowns and bridges are durable, though it is important to maintain healthy gums around them by brushing and flossing regularly and having routine dental check-ups.