Dental Crowns are a tooth-shaped cap which is fixed on a damaged tooth to restore its shape, size, and appearance. It also enhances the strength of the tooth. If the major part of the tooth is missing due to decay or fracture, then the crown is the best solution for it. By placing the crown, a tooth can function normally again.
A bridge is a dental appliance that replaces one or more natural missing teeth. A fixed bridge is usually an artificial tooth cemented to two or more existing natural teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth. The natural teeth are prepared and crowned to attach the false tooth. Unlike removable partial denture, a fixed bridge cannot be taken out of the mouth by the patient.
Crowns and bridges are used with implants also to replace missing teeth. These can be made of various materials like metal, metal fused to ceramic and full ceramic esthetic crowns.