A crown, or cap, is a covering for your tooth that replaces worn, broken, or decayed areas of the tooth. Crowns provide strength, durability and function and may also be used to cosmetically enhance your smile. Crowns are most often used to restore and protect teeth that no longer have sufficient tooth structure to support a traditional filling. A bridge is a dental restoration that is designed to replace one or more missing teeth. The teeth on both sides of the missing tooth space are prepared for crowns to anchor the bridge and then a custom fabricated restoration (bridge) is made and secured in place. These are made from dental materials that may include semi-precious or precious metals, porcelain, zirconia, or a combination of these. For more information on crowns, bridges, or restorative dentistry, please contact the office of Dr. Jekel in Dallas soon.