A cap or crown is often recommended when you have lost a significant amount of your tooth as a result of decay, fracture or a root canal. A crown will cover the remaining portion of your tooth in order to prevent further destruction or total loss of the tooth. Again, like veneers, this is a two-step procedure where your tooth is reduced to make room for the laboratory-fabricated crown at the first visit and it is bonded into place at the second visit.
A bridge is an option to replace one or several missing teeth where the teeth on either side of the space are prepared in a similar manner to a crown. Artificial teeth are attached to the crowns on either end to form the bridge. This was a popular solution for the replacement missing teeth prior to dental implants which are now the preferred method as, in most cases, the adjacent teeth do not need to be altered.