Crowns and Bridges
While composite fillings will cover just a portion of the tooth, porcelain crowns (also known as caps) are meant to encompass the entire visible portion of the tooth. By doing this, the crown acts as the new outer surface of the tooth. Crowns are typically used in cases where the teeth are damaged or decayed to an extent where fillings won’t be able to be used as a form of repair. Crowns can be used as protective shells around damaged teeth, with an ability to both enhance appearance and strengthen the tooth as well.
Meanwhile, dental bridges are appliances used to help fill in the gap created by a missing tooth or teeth. Gaps in your smile can be hazardous to your oral health, as it can result in the teeth shifting or changes in your bite that can be painful. Bridges can help solve this by using the surrounding teeth as anchors to hold a false tooth, called a pontic, in the space where the gap is.