What are crowns (caps)?

A dental crown is a cap placed over your tooth to return it to proper form and function. It is a great way to replace a large amount of missing or damaged tooth structure and can protect your natural teeth allowing you to keep them for longer. Crowns can be made one at a time or, if you have more than one tooth that needs to be repaired, they can be made in groups (ie. the front six teeth, one full dental arch, all teeth in the mouth).

What are bridges?

A dental bridge is a way of replacing missing teeth using crowns to support the false tooth (or teeth) in between. In order for this to happen, there must be a tooth on either side of the missing tooth for a bridge to be possible. Those teeth are prepared for crowns and connected in between with a false tooth. These teeth are cemented in place permanently and are not removable.

Am I a candidate for crowns (caps) or bridges?

Not all crowns and/or bridges are created equal. There are crowns in the front of the mouth and crowns in the back of the mouth. There are ceramic crowns and gold crowns. There are full crowns and partial crowns. Because the options are so varied, it is important that you seek out a complete examination by a dental professional in order to fully understand your options when it comes to having a crown or bridge.

Are there other factors involved in having a crown or bridge?

Biomechanics play a major role in the fabrication of crowns and bridges. Because our teeth were designed with a specific form and function, it is important to understand this in repairing teeth. Not only do the supporting structures of the teeth in questions have to be healthy and intact, but it is also important to evaluate the surrounding teeth for their health. Believe it or not, this could have a major impact in crown or bridge therapy.