Dental Crowns & Bridges
What Is A Crown?
Crowns are permanent ‘caps’ shaped like natural teeth. Usually ceramic for front teeth and porcelain or gold for molars, crowns are custom-made to perfectly fit your tooth. Gold crowns can be gold or silver in appearance.
Newer ceramic crowns look like porcelain crowns and are strong enough to be used in all areas of the mouth. These blend seamlessly with your teeth and avoid unsightly black lines forming around the margin of the crown.
What Is A Bridge?
As well as improving the appearance of your smile, bridges help prevent common problems arising from missing teeth, such as bite misalignment, tilting teeth and sagging facial muscles. On average, bridges may last for ten years and even longer.
Made of porcelain and/or metal, the replacement teeth in bridges are designed to match the color of your natural teeth.
There are many bridge designs. In most bridges, false teeth are attached to your natural teeth on either side of the space. This illustration shows a typical bridge, where natural teeth on either side of the space are specially prepared for crowns to fit on top. These crowns are permanently attached to a false tooth in the center.