Crowns & Bridges – St. Andrews Dental − Cambridge Ontario
A crown or cap is a cover that fits over a properly prepared tooth that has been damaged by decay or accident, or is badly stained or shaped.
- A crown can be made of, porcelain, metal or porcelain & metal. All-porcelain crowns look more like your natural teeth & therefore are usually used for front teeth, while porcelain with metal underlay has more strength & is good for crowns in the back of the mouth. Sometimes all-metal crowns are used for back teeth because of the metal’s strength.
- A bridge is a custom-made device anchored to neighbouring natural teeth, which replaces one or more missing teeth. When a lost tooth is replaced with bridgework, the teeth on either side of the missing one are prepared as crowns to hold the bridge in place. This treatment restores lost teeth & supports remaining teeth; restores & maintains natural bite; prevents stress on natural teeth; improves your speech, smile & chewing ability; & helps prevent tilting & drifting of neighbouring teeth.