Crowns and Bridges
A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth-colored crown) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
You may consider a crown if:
You have broken or fractured teeth.
You need a cosmetic enhancement.
You have fractured or large fillings.
Your tooth has a root canal.
A composite (tooth-colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling. Because they are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
You may consider composite fillings if you have:
Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
Decayed or worn teeth
A closing space between two teeth.
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Dentures and Partial Dentures
Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, but it also prevents other teeth from shifting.
You may consider dentures if you have:
A loss of several or all teeth in an arch
A need to enhance smile and facial tissues
A desire to improve chewing, speech, and digestion.
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
You may consider a bridge if you need to:
Fill a space from missing teeth
Maintain your facial shape
Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Restore chewing and speaking ability
Restore your smile
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