Prosthodontists are the experts in crowns and bridges.
When a tooth is seriously damaged and unsuitable for a direct placement filling then coverage with a crown or onlay is generally required. When planned and carried out correctly using a skilled technician it is possible to restore teeth, previously close to the point of being lost, to a condition almost as strong as a virgin tooth.
All crowns are not the same, there are currently over 20 different materials that dentists can choose from to make a crown. Each with different properties and cost.
The selection of the correct material depends on a number of variables:
It is the skill and experience of the specialist prosthodontist which will allow selection of the correct materials to fabricate a predictable long term crown that meets your requirements.
When teeth are missing and those either side of the space are healthy, with well supported foundations, then replacement with fixed bridgework is possible, the procedures are effectively an extension of those used for single crowns. In situations when the potential supporting teeth have no fillings then it can be possible to fabricate bonded bridgework which is glued onto the supporting teeth with little, or no, preparation being required.
The critical factors to successful long-term bridgework, as with all restorative dentistry, are: