A crown is like a cap that goes on top of a tooth that is shaped by the dentist to replace the broken, chipped or misaligned tooth. A crown is required when the tooth is heavily filled with a restoration or the tooth has undergone root canal therapy, causing the tooth to become brittle and dry.
A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth that have been extracted.
What are crowns and bridges made out of?
Crowns and bridges are usually made out of porcelain or metal alloy. These materials are strong and can give the underlying weak tooth strength and longevity. All porcelain crowns are strong and aesthetically pleasing, and can match the colour of your own natural teeth. Metal alloy crowns are often fused with an outer porcelain layer to become tooth coloured. These are used more regularly in the back molar region where chewing and grinding occurs. They are hard and durable.
Based on your dental and medical history, X-ray examinations of your teeth and jaw, and an oral examination, our dentists will recommend the treatment that is best for you.