A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap'.
Crowns are an ideal way to restore teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. A crown could be used for a number of other reasons, for example:
see also CEREC page
What are the benefits?
What is a "One-visit" crown?
This is a type of crown that is made using CAD/CAM computerised technology , known as CEREC. The computer makes the crown in the surgery, so you can have the crown fitted on the same day. This means you don't need to have a second appointment or a temporary crown.
An alternative to missing teeth is bridge work. Bridges are made by putting crowns on the teeth at either side of the space, and then joining these two crowns together by placing a false tooth (or multiple teeth) in the space.
Bridges can also be suoorted by dental implants when no suitable supporting teeth are available.
This is made in the laboratory and then permanently bonded into place with special adhesives.
Another option is an adhesive or "Maryland" bridge. This has wings that are bonded to the back of the supporting teeth with very little drilling involved.
Can I always have a bridge to replace missing teeth?
Bridges are possible if you have enough strong teeth with good bone support. Alternatively, bridges may be supported by dental implants.
Your dentist will help you decide which is the best way of replacing missing teeth.