Crowns are prescribed to help protect teeth that are worn, cracked, broken or decayed, cover a dental implant, help support bridges and other types of prosthetics, and to aid in similar issues.
What Are Crowns?
A crown is a structure which restores a tooth's shape, size, and strength. It encases the visible portion of your tooth or dental implant. Crowns can last 5 to 15 years with good oral hygiene and proper care.
Porcelain is a highly wear-resistant material, and provides an attractive appearance. Porcelain crowns often provide the best color match to the rest of your teeth, usually appearing very natural. They are an excellent choice for teeth in the front of the mouth.
What Are Bridges?
Bridges, also referred to as "partials," are replacements for missing teeth (or a single tooth). They are attached to your remaining natural teeth with clasps of different types. The tooth or teeth cosmetically and functionally restore the natural bite, important since remaining teeth may suffer if some of your teeth are missing. When there are gaps, your remaining teeth can change position, and of course, these gaps may significantly affect the proper functions of eating and speaking.