This type of dentistry refers to treatments that are more complex and extensive than simple minor restorative procedures, and includes crowns, bridges, implants and dentures.
A dental crown is a tooth shaped, hollow ‘cap’ that restores a badly damaged, weakened or unsightly tooth to ideal size, strength and appearance. A crown is recommended in situations where 50% or more of the tooth has been lost, and a filling won’t do the job. Like a thimble fitting over your finger, a cemented crown replaces the missing part of the tooth, while strengthening it by physically holding it together and protecting it from further damage. Although more expensive than a large filling, crowns are cost-effective because they last much longer.
A dental bridge is a tried and true method of permanently replacing one or more missing teeth. A bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth (called pontics), held in place by dental crowns. These dental crowns (called abutments), are cemented to the teeth adjacent to the space, thereby “bridging” the gap. A bridge is an especially good option if the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth are compromised, and would benefit from being crowned themselves. Like crowns, a properly designed and crafted bridge will look and feel natural, and be indistinguishable from your real teeth.