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F. Crowns and Bridges

Crowns (sometimes also known as “caps”) are dental restorations that entirely cover damaged teeth. Crowns may be necessary because of broken down old fillings, fractured, chipped or sensitive teeth, or following a root canal treatments on a tooth. Crowns are also used to improve the appearance of natural teeth that are malformed, malpositioned or discolored.

Crowns that are made of natural looking porcelain or ceramic can be made to improve your overall smile or to blend in with your own teeth. Sometimes an underlying metal shell is used under the porcelain if additional strength is needed.  Other materials such as acrylic, gold and metal alloys are also used to make crowns.

At the loss of a tooth, the space left from missing tooth may cause one of several problems. Teeth may drift into the space changing your bite, possibly resulting in sore jaws, gum disease, or decay (due to more difficult to brush).

A fixed bridge is used to replace one or several teeth. The teeth on each end of the space is used to as anchors (abutments). Bridges are not removable by the patient. As with other types of crowns (caps), a bridge can be made of metal or porcelain, or a combination of these two.

When teeth are missing and there are teeth on either side of the space a bridge is the ideal way to replace the missing teeth.Replacement teeth can be attached to two crowns constructed for the 2 teeth on either side of the open space.

A bridge is constructed to cover the missing tooth

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