Crowns and bridges help preserve your teeth that are so worn or damaged that they cannot support normal use anymore. A crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size and function. The purpose of a crown is to make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks.
A crown is a cover or “cap” that covers the entire outer surface of your tooth. Crowns can be made of gold, porcelain or a porcelain/metal combo. We at VSP Dental prefer full porcelain crowns because they look natural (they’re custom-matched to the color of your tooth) and provide long-lasting strength.
Bridges are used to replace two or more missing teeth. They are supported at both ends by crowns on the healthy teeth. A bridge also helps to restore your bite and helps keep the natural shape of your face.
A missing tooth is a serious matter. Teeth are made to work together. When you lose a tooth, the nearby teeth may tilt or drift into the empty space. The teeth in the opposite jaw may also shift up or down toward the space. This can affect your bite and place more stress on your teeth and jaw joints, possibly causing pain.
Teeth that have tipped or drifted are also harder to clean. This puts them at a higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
When a tooth is missing, the bone may shrink. If that happens, it may change the way the jawbone supports the lips and cheeks. Over time, this can make your face look older.
You may need a crown if you:
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