What are crowns and bridges?Crowns and bridges are types of fixed prosthetic devices that get cemented onto your existing teeth or implants. A crown is often made of strong porcelain and provides protection and reinforcement to compromised teeth. You usually get a crown to completely cover a damaged tooth or implant. Bridges are also commonly made of porcelain and act as a false-tooth set between two crowns. Bridges are used to fill the gap of a missing tooth.Why are dental crowns used?Beyond strengthening your damaged tooth, dental crowns can also enhance the shape, alignment, and appearance of the tooth. Dr. Batoralvy can also fit a crown on top of your dental implant to provide the shape and structure of a natural tooth.Dental crowns can be used to:Protect a weak tooth from cracking or fracturingReplace a large filling when not enough of your original tooth remainsRestore a broken toothCover a dental implantAttach a bridgeCover a discolored, stained or poorly-shaped toothCover a tooth that’s had a root canalWhen is a dental bridge used?Dr. Batoralvy may recommend a dental bridge if you’re missing one tooth or multiple teeth. The gaps left behind by missing teeth will ultimately cause your remaining teeth to move or rotate into the empty spaces. This can result in a bad bite and cause imbalances that could lead to oral issues such as gum disease.Some of the benefits of a dental bridge include:Maintaining the natural shape of your faceRestoring and improving your smileRestore your ability to speak and chewProperly distribute your bite forcePrevent your remaining teeth from shiftingDr. Batoralvy and the staff at Dental Arts of Orange County use the most advanced techniques when it comes to fitting you with a crown or bridge, ensuring that you receive the best results possible. They’ll work with you to help identify the best treatment option for your case. Call or schedule an appointment online to see if crowns and bridges could improve your smile.