A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth; and there are a variety of other factors including failure of a large filling, root canal treatment, tooth fracture and others which may prompt your dentist to recommend a crown. They are typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. Crowns can be made from many materials including porcelain or gold alloy, and your dentist will recommend which type of crown you need according to your dental need and esthetic expectations. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth.
Full porcelain crowns or porcelain over metal crowns are designed by your dentist and a dental laboratory to match the shade and shape of the other teeth in your mouth. Dr Lowry, the dental assistant, and the patient work together to select which shade the crown should be to match the other existing teeth, and in many cases a digital picture will also be taken and sent to the laboratory so they can customize the crown to match your unique tooth shading.
A bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants. The procedure is very similar to that of a crown, and these restorations will also be custom designed to match your dentition.