Crowns and bridges are durable replacements for teeth. A crown is a cap made of zirconium, porcelain or gold. This cap is precisely tailored and fastened to the abraded tooth or molar. This restores the original shape and function as best as possible. A bridge replaces one or more teeth and is attached to at least two pillar elements. These are teeth or molars on either side of the open space. The bridge consists of the crowns that fit onto the pillars and a bridge intermediate part that floats above the gums, called the dummy. The dummy replaces the missing element.
There are several indications for crowns and bridges. It may be that there is not enough hold for a filling or because a large piece has broken off from the tooth. Aesthetics can also be a reason for a crown or bridge, this is especially common with clearly visible teeth. Furthermore, improving the chewing ability and the crookedness or outgrowth of elements are also possible indications.
Several appointments are necessary for a crown or bridge, because they are made at a dental laboratory. During the first appointment, the (pillar) elements are sharpened and (usually) a scan is made. Using this scan, the dental lab makes the crown or bridge. This is returned to the dental practice and the dentist places the made workpiece in the mouth during the next appointment. At least two appointments are always required.