Crowns and Bridges
What are crowns and bridges?
Both crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. Crowns are outer coverings for a single tooth, which can be made out of gold, porcelain, or a combination of metal and porcelain. Bridges are used to replace single or multiple missing teeth; one or two teeth are used to hold a prosthetic tooth in place.
Why do I need a crown?
Your dentist may advise you that they feel you need a crown because you have a tooth that is heavily broken down or has a very large filling which makes the tooth more prone to fracturing. A crown can help to protect your tooth from breaking down by providing a strong outer covering.
When can I have a bridge?
A bridge is a fixed replacement for a missing tooth. It is normally only suitable when there are healthy teeth next to a gap where one tooth is missing. The healthy teeth are used to support the prosthetic (false) tooth. When there is a gap where more than one tooth is missing, a partial (removable) denture is usually more suitable. Your dentist will advise you on the best option for your individual situation.