Dental crowns, veneers and bridges all provide a means of strong, fixed and aesthetic dental work.
A dental crown is a strong custom-fit protective covering for a tooth – similar in function to a helmet. Dental crowns are often recommended when a tooth is weak due to cracks or large fillings. They can also be used to enhance aesthetics by masking unsightly discolouration, or improving the shape and size of teeth. Crowns can be made of many materials including gold, zirconia and porcelain.
Dental bridges, as the names suggests, bridge the gap where there are missing teeth. A bridge can consist of one or more abutments (crowns which cover the anchor teeth) and pontics (floating prosthetic teeth attached to the abutments to replace missing teeth).
While a crown encapsulates the entire tooth, a veneer covers only the front face of a tooth. Commonly used on front teeth, veneers are almost always made from porcelain as they can mask underlying imperfections and discolouration, and also be used to recontour a tooth.