Dental Crown and Bridge FAQ

What are dental crowns?

  • Dental crowns are a protective covering that completely encases a damaged tooth. Dental crowns are designed specifically for your particular tooth in fit, form and function. They are a form of restorative therapy designed to return full use to a tooth that has become extremely damaged through acute decay, trauma or a root canal therapy.

How do dental crowns restore a tooth?

  • Dental crowns are custom fit in a laboratory or in the dentist’s office to completely cover a damaged tooth. They can improve not only the tooth’s appearance but also its alignment and shape. Damaged teeth that were previously malformed can be improved with the use of a dental crown.

What are dental bridges?

  • Dental bridges literally make a bridge between two anchoring teeth, filling a gap created by a missing tooth that has been extracted, has fallen out naturally or is the end result of serious decay or trauma to the face. Dental crowns protect the bordering anchor teeth, securing the bridge firmly and allowing it to function as your missing natural tooth.

Are dental caps and dental crowns the same thing?

  • Yes, a dental cap is exactly the same thing as a dental crown; it is just a different name.

What types of materials are used to make dental crowns?

  • Dental crowns are made from various materials, such as porcelain/ceramic, gold, metal alloy or porcelain fused to metal. Ceramic or porcelain crowns will most closely match the color and translucent qualities of a natural tooth.

Is a dental bridge right for me?

  • If you are missing one or more teeth, and your adjoining teeth are stable and healthy, a dental bridge is for you. Even patients with missing teeth that have only one adjacent tooth can have a dental bridge designed to fill their needs.

Talk to Weston Florida general dentist Dr. Thanos today if you have further questions about dental crowns and dental bridges.