A crown sometimes referred to as ”cap” is a cover, custom fabricated to fit over a carefully prepared existing tooth. Crowns serve many functions:
- One of the most common is to support the tooth when there is less than sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling.
- Crowns may also be used to protect the structure of a tooth that is fractured or broken.
- All teeth that are root canal treated need to be crowned in order to improve the function and prolong life of the tooth.
A bridge is recommended if you are missing one or more teeth. A missing tooth means the chewing forces and support will be altered, causing the adjacent teeth to shift in the direction of the missing tooth. This kind of tooth migration can accelerate periodontal disease and further weaken the bone structure.
If the missing tooth is not replaced, more teeth may eventually be lost due to improper forces exerted during chewing. The bridge that your dentist custom fabricates for you, is a false tooth fused between two crowns to fill in the space left behind by a missing tooth. They can replace one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is not removable because it is cemented into place.
Your dentist will discuss with you the ways in which crown and bridgework can reverse the negative impact of missing teeth:
- It maintains and restores your natural bite and chewing ability.
- It enhances your smile and restores youthful appearance.
- It restores speech and comfort.
- Prevents unwanted migration and tilting of adjacent teeth.
- Prevents further dental decay and periodontal disease.
Proper oral hygiene, including flossing at least once a day and brushing twice daily, is just as important to help keep your crown and bridgework healthy, along with regular dental hygiene appointments.
To make the most of your investment, we recommend you to avoid sticky foods like caramel and gum, crunchy foods like hard candy and chewing on ice cubes!