Dental crowns and bridges are materials used to strengthen, preserve and restore missing or damaged teeth. They are usually made from ceramic, metal alloys or porcelain fused to metal. A dental crown also commonly referred to as a cap, is used as a treatment option to reinforce weak, worn, chipped and extensively broken down teeth. They are also recommended if the tooth has undergone root canal treatment or has cracks that extend deep into the tooth. They serve to protect the tooth surfaces of a weakened or compromised tooth from ongoing wear and fracture mainly from the forces of chewing and grinding of teeth.
A dental bridge is used to replace missing teeth. They are made to restore lost natural teeth, aesthetics and function. Furthermore, dental bridges vary in their design, indications and function. Some examples of type of bridges are maryland bridges, cantilever bridges and implant supported bridges.