Today’s crowns and bridges are indistinguishable from natural teeth – and they can transform an unattractive smile.
A crown is used to cover a tooth that has been weakened by many fillings, fractures or heavy wear, or one that has been treated with root canal therapy.
A bridge is used to ‘bridge the gap’ where one or more teeth have been removed. The teeth adjacent to the gap are crowned and used as anchors to support the false teeth in between.
Unlike removable devices such as dentures, crowns and crown-supported bridges are cemented on to existing teeth and can only be removed by a dentist.
- protect a tooth that has been weakened by a very large filling or multiple fillings
- protect a tooth that might otherwise break
- restore a tooth that has broken
- attach a bridge
- cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
- improve the look of a tooth this is discoloured or misshapen.