A dental crown is a thin, tooth-shaped covering that is securely bonded around a decayed or injured tooth. It is custom crafted to match the precise dimensions of the affected tooth. A dental crown may be recommended in a number of cases, including for:
– Broken teeth
– Weak or worn teeth
– Severely decayed teeth (the final step in a root canal procedure)
– Injured teeth
– Cosmetically flawed teeth in the front of the smile
– Uneven teeth
– Other imperfections
A dental crown can be made out of a variety of materials depending on the location of the tooth, your budget, and your preference. Crowns are frequently made of porcelain/ceramic, zirconia, gold, or metal alloys. Porcelain is a wonderful option for teeth in the front of the smile, as it closely resembles the appearance of the natural tooth enamel. Sturdy gold or metal crowns may be preferable for molars, which incur more of the forces from chewing.
A bridge works by replacing one, two, or several consecutively missing teeth. This option is so-named because it works like an actual bridge: two sturdy crowns are placed on the teeth surrounding the gap in the smile, and the prosthetic teeth (pontics) fill in the space in between. A fixed bridge cannot be removed except by your dentist. Bridges are most frequently made from porcelain fused-to-metal (FTM), for a solution that blends stability with a natural appearance.