Crown and Bridge (Caps)
Crown: When a tooth breaks, chips or decays in a way that it compromises the strength of that tooth, a crown is often the best way to save the tooth and strengthen it. Often associated with root canalled teeth, where the nerve and blood supply of the tooth has been removed, a crown is a fabricated “cap” used to sit over and cover the existing natural tooth. The crown is used to replace the portion of tooth that sits above the gum-line.
Bridge: A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge is an artificial tooth which is anchored on to the natural teeth either side of the gap by crowns.
The type of material used for the restoration of the teeth will depend on the position in the mouth and also on the patient’s preference. As a general rule crowns or bridges that use the Gold Alloy are used for teeth located towards the back of the mouth.
Crowns and Bridges are used not just for cosmetic reasons, but are also used to restore function (e.g. restoring chewing), to prevent shifting teeth and to prevent excessive stress to surrounding teeth.
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