CROWN AND BRIDGES
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are a kind of fixed solution using prosthetics to repair damaged or missing teeth to restore your natural smile. A crown is used when teeth are fractured or damaged, and bridges are used when one or more teeth are missing. Often times minor teeth problems can be repaired with fillings, but fillings do not always last very long, and often teeth will continue to deteriorate until a simple filling is no longer sufficient to fix your dental problems.
Crowns are often made of porcelain, ceramic or zirconia and then matched in color and texture to the rest of your teeth. A dentist will take the tooth or teeth in question and reshape it removing any existing tooth decay. Then the prosthetic crown will be fitted on the newly reshaped tooth before being eventually cementing it into place so that it is secure and doesn't move.
Bridges are intended when you have a gap of one or more missing teeth. If not replaced, the surrounding teeth will attempt to move into the empty space. A bridge is used, and oftentimes, porcelain or zirconia is chosen as the material of choice, but that all depends on the location, function, and aesthetic appeal of the area where your bridge or bridges will be put in place.