What's A Dental Crown?
Think of a dental crown as a cap that is placed over an existing tooth that has lost its shape or its strength. Crowns look and feel just like real teeth, it's nearly impossible to tell the difference!
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials including metal (gold), composite, porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal.
When Would We Recommend One?
We typically recommend crowns as the preferred treatment for restoring teeth that are worn down, weak, or that have been damaged (chipped, cracked, etc.). In other cases, crowns might be placed on implants or as part of a bridge, as a way of replacing one or more missing teeth.
At Chapel Hill Dental we often suggest that crowns be placed on teeth that have been root canal treated or that have received large fillings, as those teeth may have been significantly weakened by that prior treatment.
A dental bridge that consists of one or more false teeth is a great way of regaining a full, healthy-looking smile.
Simply put, a bridge consists of one or more false teeth that are supported by your existing teeth. In most cases the supporting teeth will have been prepared to receive the bridge, often through the use of crowns or implants. Unlike dentures, a bridge is a fixed solution.