Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. They are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. These devices can only be removed by a dentist.
How do they differ?
The main difference is that crowns cover or cap a damaged tooth, while bridges are used to replace a tooth with the help of an attachment.
How do crowns work?
They can be used for cosmetic reasons, like to improve appearance, shape or alignment. Ceramic crowns can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and acrylic.
Recommended reasonings include:
· The replacement of a large filling.
· To protect a weak tooth from fracturing.
· To restore a fractured tooth.
· To cover a dental implant.
· To cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth.
How do bridges work?
If you are missing one or more teeth, the imbalance caused can lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Bridges are used to replace the missing teeth filling in the empty space. These teeth, called abutments serve as anchors for the bridge. The replacement teeth are called pantic which are attached to the crowns that cover the attachment.