Fill in the Gaps in Your Smile
If your teeth are missing or damaged, some restorative dental work will do you good. Crowns and bridges are a great solution for those who are missing teeth, and many patients prefer these solutions over dentures, since bridges and crowns are permanently fixed in your mouth.
Several issues can be addressed with a bridge or crown. They can be used to:
- Cover a poorly structured, damaged, or discolored tooth.
- Keep a weak tooth from fracturing.
- Replace a large filling when there’s isn’t enough tooth remaining.
- Cover a dental implant.
What is a Bridge?
Bridges are partial dentures that are fixed over a gap in your smile, joining to the teeth on either side of the gap in order to stay in place. In some cases, your dentist will need to remove some of the tooth structure so that the bridge fits correctly. Bridges can be composed of a variety of materials, but most often consist of alloys, porcelain, or gold.
What is a Dental Crown?
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that protects a weakened tooth or forms the visible portion of a dental implant. These can be made of porcelain, metal, or a combination of materials. Your dentist will help you select the material that works best for you.