Dental crowns, often referred to as “caps” are primarily used to strengthen weakened teeth. This weakening may result from gross decay, tooth fractures and dental wear. In addition, crowns may be required:
- to strengthen a tooth following root canal treatment;
- for aesthetic purposes to improve a general smile;
- following dental implants.
Dental bridges are false teeth anchored on neighbouring teeth in order to replace one or more missing teeth.
A dental bridge essentially consists of :
- A pontic or false tooth used to replace the missing tooth, and is made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials.
- Two crowns – serving to anchor the false tooth in place
When are dental bridges needed?
Bridges are recommended when there are one or more teeth missing that affect your:
- Smile and appearance
- Bite as a result of adjacent teeth leaning into the space and altering the way the upper and lower teeth bite together.
- Shape of your face
- Gums and teeth, resulting in gum disease and tooth decay as a result of food accumulated in the gap.