Crowns A crown, also called a cap, is a hollow, artificial tooth used to cover a damaged, broken, or decayed tooth. You may also need a crown if you have a weak tooth from root canal treatment, or a large filling. The crown restores the tooth form and function and protects it from further damage. Crowns can also be used to cover a discoloured or misshapen tooth. A tooth that has been fixed with a crown looks and works very much like a natural tooth. Crowns are strong and generally last for about 10 years or longer if you take good care of them. Brush and floss your crown, just like you clean your natural teeth. Regular dental visits and professional cleanings are very important for longevity. Crowns are made from various types of materials. Depending on which tooth needs a crown, your dentist will suggest a material, or combination of materials, that is right for you. Your dental professional at Greenway Dental will be able to discuss your treatment options. Make an appointment today. Bridges A bridge, also called a fixed bridge or a fixed dental prosthesis, is a dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. It extends across an area that has no teeth and is typically made up of an artificial tooth fused between 2 crowns. (A crown is a hollow, artificial tooth that fits over a natural tooth or a dental implant). The bridge is held firmly in place by your own teeth on each side of the missing one(s), or by dental implants. Your dentist at Greenway Dental will first determine if a bridge is the right solution to your problem, and recommend the most appropriate one depending on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth) and the condition of your teeth, mouth and gums. If you take good care of your bridge, it should generally last for about 10 years, or perhaps longer. Like natural teeth, bridges need to be brushed and flossed every day. Your dentist will show you how to use a floss threader to floss under and around the artificial tooth (or teeth) in the middle of the bridge. Regular dental visits and professional cleanings are very important for longevity.