A crown is placed over the whole tooth to restore the tooth and provide protection from further damage. A crown is recommended when a tooth has been structurally compromised by decay, fractures or root canal therapy. Sometimes crowns are recommended to change the shape or colour of teeth. Crowns can be made of porcelain to match your natural teeth or metal to provide improved strength and durability in some situations..
A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. It can be supported by natural teeth or implants.
Crowns and bridges usually take two appointments. At the first appointment the tooth or teeth are prepared and an impression is taken to fabricate the final custom restoration. In the meantime a temporary crown or bridge is placed. You will then return top have the final restoration cemented or bonded in place.