Crowns and bridges are common dentistry procedures with a variety of uses that aim to restore and strengthen teeth as well as replace missing teeth in some cases. Let's take an in depth look at in what circumstances you may need them in and what benefits they can provide.
A dental crown acts as a cap or covering that is cemented over the visible portions of a tooth. There are many reasons why they could be needed, for example:
They come in a variety of different materials including: porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or gold. Your dentist will discuss which material would be best for your particular situation.
Contrary to popular belief, a type of crown can also be used on a child's teeth to protect them, particularly if they are decaying, have poor oral hygiene or are unable to be anesthetized easily. These crowns are usually made of stainless steel as they are lost when the baby tooth wiggles out.