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CROWNS

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth – covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.

 

A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:

 

     • To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth

     • To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down

     • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left

     • To hold a dental bridge in place

     • To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth

     • To cover a dental implant

 

 

BRIDGES

Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap – these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth – and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.

 

Bridges can:

 

     • Restore your smile

     • Restore your ability to properly chew and speak

     • Maintain the shape of your face

     • Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth

     • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position

 

 

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