A crown, or cap, is a tooth-shaped covering placed over your natural tooth that has been carefully prepared. For example, a crown can repair a tooth when it is no longer possible to use a filling. Crowns may also be used to protect the structure of a tooth that is fractured or broken, and can be used in bridges or dentures. Just as it sounds, a hollow “crown” matching the proper tooth shape is fitted over your tooth and bonded in place. The procedure begins with the dentist removing the decayed or damaged areas of the tooth. The artificial crown is built around the remaining natural tooth in a shade and shape that matches and improves the appearance of the area.
If one or more teeth are missing, your dentist will build a “bridge” of natural looking teeth to replace the missing ones. Often, Crowns are fitted to the teeth on either side of the gap and natural looking replacements are attached to the crowns, filling the gap in between. The ‘bridge’ is held firmly in place by the crowns and the natural teeth that they strengthen. Bridges are created specifically for your mouth and matched to your teeth so the replacements cannot be distinguished from your natural teeth. They are permanently bonded to your teeth and are not removable.