An artificial crown is often the best way to strengthen and to save the tooth. It fits over the prepared tooth.
A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. It has an artificial tooth anchored to the adjacent natural teeth.
Crowns and bridges are made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal alloy or metal usually gold alloy. Porcelain is strong and can be made to match the colour of the natural teeth. It is resistant to staining.
Missing teeth should be replaced:
- To improve appearance and speech.
- To prevent stresses that cause damage to other teeth.
- To prevent teeth from shifting
- To improve chewing ability.
Normally two (2) appointments are required for preparation and fitting of a crown or a bridge.