Crown and Bridgework

What are crowns and bridges?

A crown completely covers a weak tooth above the gum line and protects it.
The technique for crowning a tooth utilises the entire tooth surface to alter the appearance or to build up something that is too broken down or weak to withstand normal chewing forces. Crowns are made of metal such as gold alloy ( for strength)  or porcelain (to imitate natural tooth colour) or a combination of metal and porcelain where both qualities are desired. Modern ceramics like Procera can produce near perfect natural looking crowns.

The same technique used in crowns is applied to fill up spaces where teeth are missing in order to bridge the gaps hence the term ‘bridgework’. Using this method the teeth adjacent to a space are prepared as with crowns and the bridge is made linking the false tooth to the crowns as one unit. This is then cemented in functions like the original teeth. We sometimes refer to this as a ‘fixed bridge’ as opposed to a ‘removable bridge’ or denture.