Crowns & Bridges

Crowns & Bridges

 

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A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive.

 

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Bridges help to replace missing teeth by placing crowns on two adjacent teeth, with a pontic (artifical) tooth between them. The adjacent teeth are adjusted for fitting and then an impression is taken of the entire mouth and sent to the dental lab. There, the custom built dental appliance is made to fit in the area of the missing tooth as well as bite correctly against the teeth on the opposite arch.  Bridges are used most often to replace one or two teeth. They are created using a porcelain material fused to a metal base. The porcelain is made to match the shade of existing teeth.