There are still many situations that require crowns or bridges. They are predictable, strong, long lasting restorations and can be made to be very esthetic. Todays technology allows us to use esthetic, full ceramic restorations, giving not only high strength, minimal wear to opposing teeth, excellent retention due to the ability to bond but also conservative tooth reduction.(Gold, although not esthetic, can also be used in areas that it may be of value, or at patient request.)
Less Destructive inlay retained bridges can also be used as an alternative to the more destructive traditional full crown bridges, in the cases where implants are not chosen as an option.