Crowns are a way to cap or encircle a tooth to provide strength and function when they have been weakened due to fractures, large fillings and cavities, or have been treated with a root canal. Crowns can also be used to correct the aesthetics of teeth as an alternative to orthodontics.
Your dentist may recommend a crown to:
- Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth, using adjoining teeth as support. This functions to restore both the aesthetics and function of the patients teeth. The existing teeth present on either side of the missing tooth are crowned and then joined with crowns. The bridge acts as one unit and can often provide additional strength to the existing teeth.
Implant Crowns function to replace missing teeth. Screws are put into the jawbone and allowed to heal over several weeks. Then a crown or bridge or even a denture is secured onto these screws to fill the space of the missing teeth.