A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over the entire visible portion of your tooth. It’s a permanent solution for a damaged tooth and once it’s fixed in place, a crown will look, feel and function just like any other tooth.
Crowns are usually needed if you have a damaged or weakened tooth that cannot be fixed with a filling.
Crowns can be made from ceramic (such as porcelain), metal (gold or metal alloy), or a combination of both.
A dental bridge is made up of two or more crowns (depending on the number of missing teeth) that cover the teeth on both sides of the gap. They are known as anchor or abutment teeth, and the false teeth, named pontics, lie between them. The pontics (the false teeth) can be made of porcelain, metal alloys, gold or a combination of these different materials.
Dentures are a trusted and effective way to replace missing teeth. They are removable plastic or metal frameworks that carry single or multiple false teeth. If you choose to replace missing teeth with dentures, they will be custom made to fit the size and shape of your mouth, making them feel and look as natural as possible. Depending on how many teeth you have missing, you may have a full or partial denture.