What are Porcelain Crown & Bridge- Fused to metal, All ceramic/porcelain, All metal?

A crown and bridge refers to the restoration of natural teeth that have been damaged, decayed or lost. A crown may be constructed to restore an individual damaged tooth back to it's original form and function, while a bridge may be utilized to replace one or more missing teeth. Crowns are necessary when a tooth is generally broken down and fillings won't solve the problem.

There are 3 types of crowns and they all can be divided into three categories based upon the materials used. Crowns can be all metal, all ceramic/porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal. If a tooth is cracked a crown holds the tooth together to seal the cracks so the damage doesn't get worse. These restorations are cemented onto the teeth and are referred to as "fixed" dentures.

Crown & Bridge

Porcelain crowns fused to metal

Will it look natural?

Yes. The dentist's main goal is to create crowns that look like natural teeth. To achieve a certain look, a number of factors are considered, such as the color, bite, shape, and length of your natural teeth. Any one of these factors alone can affect your appearance. If you have a certain cosmetic look in mind for your crown, discuss it with your dentist at your initial visit. A well-planned restoration should be cosmetically pleasing and strong enough to support the forces of chewing. Most patients are pleased with the results and usually believe it was worth the cost of investment.