Crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, unlike removable devices like dentures that can be taken out and cleaned daily. Crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Crowns and bridges usually last a lifetime, unless they come loose or fall off.
A crown is used to cover a damaged tooth, often put as a “cap” on top of the tooth as a cover up. A crown is used for improving the appearance, shape, or alignment of the tooth, and to strengthen the damaged tooth. A crown is placed on top of an implant to give it a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Whereas a bridge is used to replace a void if you are missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift into empty spaces and this can lead to gum disease or temporomandibular joint disorders. Bridges are usually cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding th empty spaces.
A crown is usually recommended to:
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