Crowns and Bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto your teeth. Both are shaped to look and feel the same as your natural teeth and may require several dental surgery visits to complete. Once in place, they can only be removed by your dentist.
A crown is a cap that is used to cover a damaged tooth. Along with completely covering and strengthening damaged teeth, crowns can be used to improve the appearance, shape or alignment of teeth. If you have a dental implant, your dentist will place a crown on top to provide a tooth-like shap and structure for function.
A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth and is constructed to span the spaces where you have missing teeth. They are either cemented to your natural teeth that surround the empty space, called abutments, or they are mounted onto dental implants. Bridges help prevent remaining teeth from rotating or shifting into the empty space. If left untreated, the imbalance caused by missing teeth can result in a bite which may lead to further decay or gum disease and can trigger teeth grinding.