A dental crown is essentially an artificial tooth cap, capped over a tooth with the purpose of providing support and strengthening the patient's natural tooth.
Crowns are available in a number of materials, such as resin, porcelain, stainless steel and gold. A dental crown is often used to protect a tooth after it has received a root canal treatment, or can be used to simply add structure and strength to a weaker tooth that has been damaged or experienced decay.
When it comes to choosing the right crown material, there are a few things to consider. For example, a stainless steel crown might be used as a temporary solution if the patient is waiting for a permanent crown to be constructed in the lab. Alternatively, a metal crown is often used to cap over teeth that are less visible in the mouth. Porcelain or ceramic crowns are the material of choice for many patients, as they are very durable and provide a seamless and natural-looking result.
A dental bridge restores the gap created by a missing tooth by anchoring on to the two healthy teeth that surrounds it. The device is composed of a replacement tooth (called a pontic) and two crowns on each end that fix to the patient's natural teeth. Bridges can be composed of gold, metals or porcelain, and are permanently fixed in place (can only be removed by the dentist).
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