When a tooth is damaged, your dentist may recommend that it be repaired with a crown. And when a tooth falls out or has to be removed, your dentist may suggest a bridge to fill the empty space.
A crown is a permanent cover that fits over a tooth that’s decayed, damaged, or cracked.
Crowns are made from different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin, or a mix of these materials. Porcelain has the most natural appearance, but it’s often less durable.
Installing a crown is a multi-step process that requires 2 or 3 visits to the dentist over a three to four week period.
Once the procedure is complete, good dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is essential to maintain the crown and nearby teeth and gums. With proper care, a crown can last a lifetime.
A dental bridge fills a space where a tooth used to be.
A bridge may be needed to prevent teeth from moving, which can lead to bite problems (occlusion), jaw problems or gum (periodontal) disease.
Bridges safeguard existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
There are three main types of dental bridges:
- Fixed bridge: the most popular type of bridge, in which an artificial tooth (a filler) is attached to crowns installed on both sides of the space.
- Maryland bridge: commonly used to replace missing front teeth, the filler is attached to metal bands glued to nearby teeth. The metal bands is made of a white resin that matches existing tooth colour.
- Cantilever bridge: used when there are teeth on only one side of the space. The filler is attached to two crowned teeth next to the space or open end.