A dental crown is an artificial tooth created to replace damaged or missing teeth. If your tooth is damaged or eroded but still has enough material remaining, the traditional treatment is a single crown cemented to the natural tooth or to a build-up. The crown can be made of various metals, porcelain, ceramic, acrylic, or porcelain-bonded-to-metal, depending on the location of the tooth and personal preference.
A bridge is used when a tooth is already missing or is weakened or damaged to the point of needing an extraction. A bridge consists of a central solid crown with hollow crowns on either side that are cemented to healthy (abutment) teeth on either side of the missing tooth. If there are healthy teeth on only one side of the missing tooth, a cantilever bridge can be used, creating multiple abutment teeth on one side to ensure a firm anchor.
The choice between a crown and a bridge depends on your individual situation. We will be happy to coordinate with you to choose the best option. Surgical dental implants can also be combined with crowns and bridges for a sturdy, permanent restoration of missing teeth. Call our office today for a consultation with Dr. Singh to determine the treatment plan that’s right for you.