A dental crown, also called a cap, is a hollow, artificial tooth that is bonded to your tooth and used to cover a damaged or once-decayed tooth. The crown restores the tooth and protects it from further damage. Crowns can also be used to cover a discolored or misshapen tooth. A crown may be necessary if you have had a root canal, a large filling in a tooth or a broken tooth. A tooth that has been fixed with a crown looks and works very much like a natural tooth.
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A dental bridge, also known as a fixed bridge or a fixed dental prosthesis, is a dental restoration procedure that replaces one or more missing teeth. The bridge extends across an area that has no teeth and is typically made up of an artificial tooth fused between 2 crowns. (See Dental Crowns above). The bridge is held firmly in place by your own teeth on each side of the missing one(s) or by dental implants.
A dental bridge is a non-removable prosthesis in the mouth. It is important to replace the lost tooth with an artificial tooth as soon as possible. This will prevent the teeth that are left in the mouth from drifting out of position and causing jaw problems. Teeth that drift out of line are more difficult to keep clean and are more likely to get gum disease and cavities.