Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth-colored) crowns are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable, lasting many years, but may eventually need to be replaced like most dental restorations. Porcelain crowns are designed to match the shape, size and color of your natural teeth giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.
- Cosmetic (to create a uniform, white smile)
- Crooked teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Severely-discolored or stained teeth
- Teeth that are too small or large
- Unwanted or uneven spaces
- Worn or chipped teeth
There are several types of bridges. Your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain-fused-to-metal. Porcelain-fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable lasting many years; however, they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.