A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to cover it in order to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance.
The crown, when cemented into place, fully encases the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
Why or When do you need a Crown?
- To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
- To hold a Dental Bridge in place
- To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth
- To cover a Dental Implant
- To make a Cosmetic Modification
A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap, these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth, and a false tooth or teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.