Crowns and Fixed Bridges
If you want a smile that's your crowning glory, you may
need a crown to cover a tooth and restore it to its normal
shape and size. A crown can make your tooth stronger and
improve its appearance.
It can cover and support a tooth with a large filling
when there isn't enough tooth left. It can be used to attach
a bridge, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one
that's already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth
that are discolored or badly shaped. It's also used to cover
a dental implant.
If your dentist recommends a crown, it's probably to
correct one of these conditions. Your dentist's primary
concern, like yours, is helping you keep your teeth healthy
and your smile bright -- literally, your crowning glory.
If you're missing one or more teeth, you may notice a
difference in chewing and speaking. There are options to
help restore your smile.
Bridges help maintain the shape of your face, as well as
alleviating the stress in your bite by replacing missing
Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge
replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great,
and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may
have been. The restoration can be made from gold, alloys,
porcelain or a combination of these materials and is bonded
onto surrounding teeth for support.
Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and
clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist.
An implant bridge attaches artificial teeth directly to
the jaw or under the gum tissue. Depending on which type of
bridge your dentist recommends, its success depends on its
foundation. So it's very important to keep your remaining
teeth healthy and strong.