Dental crowns are used to completely cover up or cap a tooth that has been damaged or which is unsightly. A crown extends all the way right down to the gum margin, protecting the tooth from bacteria and any subsequent infections. You might need a dental crown if your tooth has been badly chipped or decayed, and crowns are also commonly used to restore teeth after a root canal treatment.
Your dental crown can be made from a metal or gold alloy, or may have a metal substructure that is covered up with tooth coloured porcelain. The very latest and most aesthetic crowns are metal free and are made entirely from strong ceramics. The advantage of choosing an all-ceramic crown is that it has a very natural looking translucency, similar to your own teeth. The very latest ceramic materials are extremely strong and are precision made to tightly seal up your tooth.
Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth, restoring your ability to eat, speak and chew normally and preventing your remaining teeth from moving out of position. The bridge is supported by crowns adjacent to the gap, and which are attached to the replacement tooth or pontic. Your bridge can be made from the same type of materials as dental crowns, and nowadays it’s possible to create very large metal free bridges using the most up-to-date all-ceramic materials.
A bridge is an excellent way to replace missing teeth and is bonded firmly in position, providing an elegant solution to restore your smile. A well-made bridge can look very natural and highly aesthetic, blending in beautifully with your existing teeth.