If you are missing one or several teeth a bridge is an alternative to dentures.
Bridges are natural-looking artificial teeth that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
A combination of porcelain and gold alloy materials are usually used to make a bridge. It is important to replace missing teeth to prevent stresses on other teeth and the shifting of adjacent teeth.
Crowns are typically used to cover a heavily filled or broken tooth as well as to provide strength after a root canal treatment.
Crowns are usually made of a precious metal covered in porcelain, or all porcelain, which is then placed on the top of a prepared tooth. Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants; they can also have an aesthetic use to cover stained or chipped teeth.
Your dentist will match the crown color to the color of your teeth. If you are considering whitening your teeth, you should talk to your dentist about tooth whitening options before the crown is made. Since bleaching products do not affect the color of crowns, it is important that your natural teeth are whitened first so the dentist can match the crown color to the color of your teeth after they are whitened.
Cosmetic bonding is a quick solution to repair chipped, worn and disfigured teeth. Tooth coloured filling materials are adhered to the missing portion of the tooth or used to fill gaps or spaces. In some cases, cosmetic bonding can also be used to hide or change the colour of the teeth.