Dental Crowns & Bridges
Crowns and bridges are common dental restorations. Restorations are used to replace damaged or lost teeth and bring back function and appearance.
Restorations such as dental bridges and crowns can be used to fill spaces left by lost teeth and keep the remaining teeth from shifting. These solutions for missing teeth can also help support the facial muscles and prevent the sunken-in appearance.
Tooth crown is often used to fix severely damaged tooth structures. These tooth-colored coverings cap over the visible portion of the tooth to repair damage and provide support. For teeth that are too damaged or weak to support inlays, fillings, or onlays, dental crowns are often recommended.
Dental crowns are also great for:
- Restoring or capping over a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy
- Anchoring a dental bridge
- Covering a dental implant
- Holding a broken tooth together
What is a dental bridge? Like crowns, bridges are solutions to damaged or lost teeth. A dental bridge is a permanent fixture used to fill the gap between remaining natural teeth. It literally bridges the space left by missing teeth.
A typical dental bridge is composed of two parts: the pontic and the abutment teeth. The pontic is the replacement tooth. The abutment teeth, on the other hand, are the crowns on both sides of the gap that support the pontic in the middle.
Artificial tooth roots or dental implants can also be used to anchor a dental bridge. The kind of material used for crowns and bridges depends on the location of the lost teeth and patient preferences. Here at The Waterford Dentist, we provide stunning porcelain, zirconia, and all-gold options.