Crowns & Bridges
A Crown or "Cap" is a covering that encases the entire tooth structure above the gums, and is permanently cemented over your tooth. A crown protects and strengthens the tooth, restoring it to its original shape and function.
Crowns are the strongest, longest lasting tooth restorations available today. There are several types of crown materials available, the most popular being the porcelain fused to metal which combine the tooth coloured esthetics of porcelain with the strength and longevity of metal.
Crowns are usually recommended for teeth which need to be reinforced, such as teeth with large fillings, cracked teeth or root canal treated teeth.
Because they cover all the tooth structure above the gums, crowns allow us to control their shape, size and colour, and they can also be used for cosmetic purposes, such as improving misshapen, misplaced, worn or discolored teeth.
Crowns offer the ideal combination of esthetics strength and represent one of the best ways to restore the beauty and durability of a healthy smile.
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) way to replace one or several missing teeth ("gap"). It involves using the teeth adjacent to a "gap" as supports (abutment teeth).
There are several types of fixed bridges, and the choice of design is based upon the status of the abutment teeth. The most popular, "conventional bridge" consists of crowns permanently cemented to the abutment teeth and attached to the artificial tooth or teeth filling the "gap". The most popular material for bridge is the tooth coloured porcelain fused to metal, combining strength with esthetics for a seamless cosmetic result.
Replacing missing teeth is important in any dentition, not only for improving chewing and esthetics, but also preventing shifting of the remaining teeth, maintaining facial shape and speech and correcting the bite.
Fixed bridges are a fast, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing way to replace missing teeth.
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