A crown is a fixed covering that fits over a tooth that is decayed, damaged or cracked. A crown functions like a hard hat or helmet to protect the tooth. Crowns are made of a variety of materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a combination of these materials. Porcelain generally has the most natural appearance, although it is not the most durable of the options available.
The treatment plan for a patient receiving a crown involves:
This procedure generally requires two to three visits over a three to four week period. Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crown.
A bridge is a dental prosthesis that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied.
A bridge may be necessary to prevent:
- Shifting of the teeth that can lead to bite problems (occlusion) and/or jaw problems and resultant periodontal disease.
- Safeguarding the integrity of existing teeth and helping maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
A fixed bridge consists of a tooth that is attached to two crowns which fit over the existing teeth and hold the bridge in place.