Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that are used to replace or restore damaged or missing teeth.
Crowns, also known as caps, are a tooth-like covering placed over an existing tooth that has been specially prepared by the dentists. It restores the tooth to its normal shape, size and function and makes the tooth stronger or improves the way it looks. They are also attached to dental implants.
You may need a crown if you:
Crowns and bridges can be made from full porcelain or ceramic, metal alloys, or porcelain fused to metal.
Bridges are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth and are anchored in place by the natural teeth or implants nearest the empty space.
When a lost or missing tooth is replaced with bridgework, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are prepared as crowns to hold the bridge in place. Fixed bridges appear and function similar to natural teeth and remain in the mouth at all times.
Both crowns and bridges are non-removable and must be cemented in place by a licensed dentist. Patients who get crowns or bridges to restore their smiles achieve both the function and appearance of natural, healthy teeth.
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