Just like any other body part, our teeth get older too. In addition to normal wear and tear, teeth may have large fillings that cause them to crack over time. Bruxism, or “teeth grinding”, is also a big problem that can lead to fractures of teeth. Trauma from sports or an accident can also be a factor in a tooth breakdown. In these cases, teeth may need to have a crown (sometimes referred to as a “cap”) placed over them to protect the underlying tooth structure and provide longevity to the tooth. The pictures below show teeth with large, silver fillings that are beginning to crack (left) being replaced with porcelain crowns to provide strength and protection (right).
Sometimes, teeth cannot be saved and must be removed to prevent further problems to the underlying bone. If teeth have been lost, then a bridge is often indicated to replace those teeth and restore function and esthetics.