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Crowns and Bridges

Bridges

Crowns, or caps, are a cosmetic restoration used to improve your tooth’s shape or to strengthen a tooth. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or have portions destroyed by tooth decay.

Crowns are “caps” cemented onto an existing tooth which fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both.

Crowns and bridges | Dental crown being installedCrowns are often preferable to silver amalgam fillings. Unlike fillings which apply metal directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated away from your mouth. Your crown is created in a lab from your unique tooth impression which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.

Bridges

A bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, restore your ability to chew, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress in your bite.

Crowns and bridges| Bridge to replace a missing toothA bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Imagine three dental crowns all stuck together, but the middle one doesn’t go over a tooth, it just replaces one that is missing. This is a bridge. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support.

The success of any bridge depends on its foundation — the teeth to which it is attached and the underlying gums and bone. Therefore, it’s very important to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong.

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