Crowns are generally used to restore broken or badly damaged teeth that can no longer support a filling and cracked teeth but are also highly recommended after some treatments such as root canal therapy.
Crowns can be made of porcelain or gold and are essentially like a thimble over your existing tooth structure to aid in improving both appearance and function.
Restoring teeth with dental crowns or bridges improves the appearance and strength of damaged, decayed, fractured or weakened teeth (such as teeth that have been root canal treated or have lost large fillings). In many cases, a crown is the most effective way to save and strengthen a tooth.The procedure involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel from around the tooth creating base for the new crown to be permanently secured.
A dental bridge is a similar process but done to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The bridge consists of an artificial porcelain tooth anchored to two crowns in the teeth each side of the gap.
Crowns and bridges are able to be constructed of porcelain, gold or a combination of porcelain fused to gold and your dentist will be able to discuss with you the best options for your circumstances.