A crown is a tooth-shaped mask placed over a tooth that is decayed or damaged badly. There are several reasons to use crowns in patients. Usually the tooth has been cracked or chipped or severely damaged due to tooth decay. As a result, replacing with a filling can’t be enough for the tooth or it won’t make the tooth strong enough. A crown holds together remaining part of a cracked tooth. Also it can be used to hold a bridge in place. Crowns can be used to improve aesthetics of tooth as well. They may be placed to cover false shaped or badly discolored teeth.
Missing teeth not just make speaking and chewing more difficult, but they can also create other problems over time. Teeth with neighboring space in mouth can eventually move towards the empty space, which can affect the bite and lead to peridontal disease or other disorders such as TMJ (temporomandibular joint issues).
One way to take care of an empty space caused by a missing tooth is with a dental bridge. There are two common types of bridges: removable and permanent. Removable dental bridges, otherwise called partial dentures, can be taken out and cleaned, while permanent dental bridges, sometimes called dentures.
Dentist will recommend the most suitable bridge to keep your mouth at its healthiest and you at your happiest. With proper hygiene and care your bridge can keep your smile for many years to come.