A dental crown, also known as a dental cap, is a custom-made restoration that fits completely over the entire tooth, repairing and strengthening a tooth that has fractured, has a large cavity, has undergone root canal therapy, or has an old filling that has failed. Crowns can also be used for cosmetic enhancements, improving the appearance of a tooth that is discolored or misshapen.
If you’re missing one or several consecutive teeth, a dental bridge is the ideal solution. A permanent appliance, a dental bridge fills the space left by a missing tooth (or teeth). It is held in place by two crowns (abutments) that are placed on the healthy teeth adjacent to the empty space left by missing teeth. In between the two crowns is a porcelain tooth (or teeth) that “bridge” the empty area, replacing the missing tooth (or teeth). The bridge doesn’t require any special treatment. You just brush and floss like you would your natural teeth. Dental bridges can last a lifetime if taken care of properly.
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