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Crowns and bridges

A crown is a "shell" — usually made of a gold alloy, porcelain, or a combination of the two — that is cemented over a tooth that has been reshaped to accommodate the crown. Crowns are sometimes called "caps".

There are many reasons why a tooth might need a crown:

  • Insufficient tooth remaining above the gumline due to decay, large fillings, or fracture.
  • After a root canal is performed.
  • If a tooth is being used as an "abutment" (neighboring tooth) for a bridge.
  • Aesthetic reasons, such as discoloration and minor alignment corrections.
  • Structural changes to the shape or orientation of the teeth, such as tilted teeth that will be used as anchors in a partial denture.

A bridge is a series of crowns that are connected, used to replace missing teeth. Crowns are placed on the neighboring natural teeth, and a "pontic" is the fake tooth that replaces the missing teeth, leaving a total of three or more crowns that are attached to each other. After a bridge is cemented, patients are taught to use special floss that is threaded underneath the pontic and used to keep the bridge, gum, and neighboring teeth clean.