Crown, dental crown, cap or bridge, are common dental terms used often in our practice. If you’re not familar with these terms, this article should answer any questions you may have about what these procedures are and how they’re done, and why a patient would need them. A crown or cap is a restoration that covers a broken down, root canaled or esthetically unpleasing tooth. They’re made from a variety of materials such as porcelain, metal or zirconia. A bridge is a group of crowns linked together usually for the purpose of holding a fake tooth that will fill a space where a tooth is missing. During a crown or bridge appointment, the area will initially be anesthetized, and the tooth, or in the case of a bridge, the teeth surrounding the space, will be shaved down.