Fixed dental prosthetics such as crowns and bridges make it possible for patients to retain an attractive smile as well as provide the functionality of strong, healthy teeth. Unlike dentures, they are designed to remain inside the mouth rather than being taken out on a regular basis for cleaning — only a trained dental professional can safely and effectively remove crowns and bridges.
A crown may be used on a chipped or broken tooth to impart strength, alignment, protection, and aesthetic appeal. Crowns are also placed on top of implants, used to attach a bridge, and to provide protection for a tooth or teeth that have recently undergone root canal treatment.
Crowns are temporary or permanent depending on the individual needs of the patient. Your dentist may install a temporary crown, for instance, while waiting for a customized permanent crown to be created, or you may just need a temporary crown for a few weeks while a particular tooth is recovering from injury.
Crowns can be manufactured from a variety of materials, but dental porcelain is the most widely used, particularly for frontal teeth where appearance matters most. Ceramic is also used, and metal alloys are often used for back teeth. Porcelain and ceramic crowns can be customized to match the color of your other teeth, providing an incredibly natural appearance.