Dental crowns are often called caps. They cover teeth to restore them to their correct size and shape after large fillings, grinding forces that weaken the teeth and fractures. The crowns will cover the teeth to provide strength. Crowns can also be used to protect a tooth that is in danger of cracking. Also, crowns can be used to cover dental implant restorations, bridges or badly discolored or misshapen or crowded teeth.
Bridges, which are multiple crowns in one unit, replace missing teeth. They will help prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting and they allow for normal chewing. They are cemented in on top of the teeth that were prepared by the dentist. Dental crowns are placed over root canal treated teeth to hold the tooth together once a root canal is done.