Crowns are dental devices that form a strong barrier around the root of a natural tooth. Modern crowns are usually made of porcelain, but metal or ceramic crowns are also available. They are usually added to your teeth after root canal therapy or when a tooth has become damaged beyond repair. Patients who have intrinsically stained teeth that don’t respond to whitening can benefit from crowns.
Your dentist can bridge the gap in your smile using a dental bridge. This restorative solution is commonly used when there is one or two (adjacent) missing teeth. Two crowns provide the anchor for a replacement tooth (or two) at the center. Patients who have gone a long time with a missing tooth and have minimal bone tissue are often candidates for bridges.
Dental Benefits of Crowns and Bridges
Explore these important benefits of getting crowns or bridges to reinforce or restore your smile:
- They are long lasting (five to 15 years or longer).
- They look very natural and beautiful (matched to your existing teeth).
- Once integrated into your smile, crowns and bridges are indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth.
- You'll have an easier time eating and don’t have to worry about the device slipping out (as is sometimes the case with partial dentures).
- You'll be able to take better care of your teeth and gums to ensure long-term dental health.