A crown is a “cap” used to cover a damaged tooth. Crowns can be recommended due to large fillings placing the tooth at risk for fracture, protecting a weak tooth, restoring a fractured tooth, covering a dental implant, attaching to a bridge, to cover a discolored tooth or unwanted anatomy of the tooth, and others.
These crowns are made to be undetectable from the surrounding teeth with fantastic aesthetics and color matching. Material choices include Porcelain/Ceramic, Full gold, and metal alloys.
This is accomplished by numbing the tooth with a local anesthetic, trimming the tooth structure to fit a cap over it, taking an impression of the tooth, and sending it off to a lab to fabricate the proper color and shape of the tooth you desire. Crowns can be important preventative measures to broken or cracked teeth, which can result in extractions.
A bridge may be recommended if you are missing one or more teeth. Missing teeth have an effect on your speech, function, and esthetics. In order to have a proper function, replacing missing teeth is a must. Missing teeth can cause shifting of other teeth, inability to chew, and difficulty with speech. Bridges are two crowns placed on nearby teeth that have a “replacement” tooth in between to fill the missing space.