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Crowns (or caps) are normally indicated on teeth which are structurally compromised or broken down in order to reinforce them and help them withstand chewing forces. They are normally indicated for teeth which have large existing restorations, fractures or have undergone root canal treatment. These teeth are usually less stiff and may break under normal biting forces. The crown holds the remaining tooth structure together and prevents fracture of the tooth. For teeth with large discoloured fillings, the crowns can also provide a better aesthetic result. The tooth to be crowned needs to be trimmed to allow for space for the crown. The crown can be made from gold, metal alloys, porcelain or a combination of metal and porcelain.



Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. The teeth adjacent to the gap are used to support the bridge, and need to be prepared in the same manner as crowns. An artificial tooth is attached to the supporting crowns to “bridge” the gap, and this allows for the function and aesthetics of the missing tooth to be restored. As with crowns, the bridges can be fabricated from a variety of different materials.


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