Dental crowns and bridges are one of the most common dental procedures for fixing missing or damaged teeth. If you have lost a tooth (or teeth), or part of a tooth due to tooth decay or an accident you should talk to your dentist about having crowns or bridges installed. The procedure is relatively simple and how long it will take will depend on how many teeth need repair.
What is a dental crown?
Think about a crown like the cover of a tooth. It is placed over and around a damaged tooth to protect the remaining structure. It can also be placed over a dental implant and become part of tooth prosthesis. Crowns can also be used to cover broken or chipped teeth, replace missing teeth, restore teeth that are worn down or hold a dental bridge in place.
What is a dental bridge?
Sometimes you lose a tooth between two healthy and normal teeth. In such a case the healthy teeth can act as an anchor for a prosthetic tooth and a dental bridge will be used to hold it in place. It is placed over the normal teeth and then the prosthesis is put in place using a dental implant.