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When Do I Need a Dental Crown?

everything you need to know about crowns and bridges

What Is A Crown or Bridge?

Crowns, bridges, inlays, and onlays are all types of dental restorations that are used to repair and strengthen damaged or decayed teeth. They are typically made of materials such as porcelain, gold, or composite resin and are designed to match the natural color of the surrounding teeth.


Crowns, also known as caps, are full coverage restorations that are placed over the entire tooth to provide protection and support. Crowns are often used to repair broken or extensively decayed teeth, or to cover dental implants. They can also be used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of misshapen or discolored teeth. Inlays and onlays are hybrids between a crown and a dental filling. The cover a smaller portion of the tooth but still provide protection and support and are made in a dental lab. 


A dental bridge is a prosthetic device used to replace missing teeth. It consists of one or more artificial teeth (pontics) anchored to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. Dental bridges improve aesthetics, restore chewing function, and prevent shifting of remaining teeth. They come in various materials, like porcelain or metal.


What Is The Process To Get A Crown?

The process of receiving a bridge, crown, inlay, or onlay typically involves two or more visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth or teeth by removing any decay or damaged material and shaping the tooth or teeth to make room for the restoration. Then, a scan of the tooth will be taken and used to create the prosthetic.



At the next visit, the restoration will be bonded to the tooth using a strong dental adhesive. The dentist will then shape and polish the restoration to match the natural contours of the surrounding teeth and ensure a seamless appearance.

anterior crown
dental crown scan

How Long Will My Crown or Bridge Last?

The lifespan of a dental crown or bridge can vary but typically ranges from 10 to 20 years or more. The longevity depends on factors like oral hygiene, the type of material used, and the wear and tear from biting forces. Proper care, regular dental check-ups, and good maintenance can extend a crown or bridge’s life.


Crowns, inlays, onlays and bridges offer a durable and cosmetic solution for those seeking to improve the health and appearance of their teeth. It is important to consult with a dentist to determine which type of restoration is best for your specific situation.