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What are crowns?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to cover a tooth and restore its shape. A dental crown is used to restore a tooth that has a large filling, a tooth that is cracked, chipped, or broken, a tooth that is worn down, or a tooth that has suffered significant decay. A dental crown can also cover a tooth that is cosmetically unappealing.

What are crowns made of?

  • Porcelain fused to metal

Porcelain-fused to metal crown is a metal base with a layer of porcelain fused on top of it. This is a common type of crown, especially for children, since metal can be more durable.

  • Porcelain fused to ceramic

Porcelain fused to ceramic is another type of crown that has great strength and longevity. It is metal-free, meaning it has a white coloring. This could be a better option for patients with metal allergies.

  • All-ceramic

All-ceramic dental crowns are the most aesthetic option. These crowns look the most like natural teeth because the porcelain is tinted to match the surrounding teeth. All-ceramic crowns can be used for both front and back teeth, making them a versatile treatment. Porcelain crowns have a natural appearance because they are made to match the size and shape of your natural teeth.

  • All-metal

All-metal crowns are the least expensive option. However, because they are made of metal, they are a poor choice for front teeth.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a tooth replacement option that is supported by two dental crowns or caps. The crowns fit over your existing teeth and hold a replacement tooth in place between them. The replacement tooth is called a pontic.

What are bridges made of?

Bridges are made from a combination of materials, including metals, alloys, porcelain, and ceramic. Porcelain and ceramic have a natural look that closely matches your natural teeth.

How are crowns and bridges placed?

While crowns and bridges are both restorations, they are placed on two different tooth structures. A crown covers the entire tooth, from the gum line to the tip of the tooth, whereas a bridge involves two crowns being placed on the teeth next to the gap.

Who are the best candidates for crowns and bridges?

When a tooth has been damaged by decay or injury, dental crowns are often the best option to restore it. A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that fits over your tooth, completely covering it. 

A bridge, on the other hand, is a dental device that “bridges” the gap between two teeth. Dental bridges will fill the gap left behind by a missing tooth or teeth while restoring your smile.

Contact Elan Dentistry for the best dental care. To book an appointment, call (714) 364-8181 or visit us at 1030 West Imperial Hwy, La Habra 90631.


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