Crowns & Bridges
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is cemented (glued) over a tooth to restore its shape, size and strength and/or improve its appearance. Crowns can be made of different materials, e.g. gold, porcelain or a combination of both. A dental crown has a life expectancy of approximately 10-20 years depending on “wear and tear”, one’s personal oral habits (e.g. clenching, grinding, chewing ice, nail biting etc.), and one’s oral hygiene care.
A dental crown may be needed to:
A dental bridge may be recommended to replace one or more missing teeth that adversely affect the appearance and functionality of your smile. Missing teeth can cause a change in one’s bite, as well as shifting of the teeth, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), speech impediments, an increased risk for periodontal (gum) disease, and a greater chance of tooth decay. A bridge can be made from the same materials as those used for a crown and typically provide a comparable life expectancy.