What is a crown? A crown is often called a “cap” as it sits over the tooth to protect it, much like a hat or cap sits on our head. The crown is usually made of porcelain, ceramic material or a metal alloy. A crown is required to protect a vulnerable tooth and a filling won’t do, such as when a tooth is cracked, heavily restored or broken down.
What is a bridge? A bridge usually involves the preparation of teeth either side of a gap to provide support for an artificial tooth. A bridge is just one option to replace a missing tooth. Other options that may be discussed include implant, denture or leaving a space. All of these options have their advantages and disadvantages.
A crown has come out. Can it be re-cemented?
Often a crown can be re-cemented, especially if it comes away cleanly and can be repositioned easily by the dentist. However if a portion of the tooth or core filling has come away with the crown it is often difficult to re-cement. Understand that if a crown comes off, it will usually not last as long as when it was originally cemented.
How will you be able to match the colour of the crown exactly?
Matching the crown/bridge to your existing teeth (or crowns) often takes some patience from the dentist and lab technician. Photographs are often required (especially for front teeth) and for important/difficult cases, the lab technician may need to personally view the teeth to get them as accurate as possible.
How much does the crown cost?
Please also check with your dentist in regard to cost, as costs vary depending on material and restorative requirements. Crowns are customized to fit each individual tooth and are a labour intensive process, requiring numerous hours of preparation by both the dentist and lab technician. Special materials are required to give a strong, lasting finish.