Badly damaged or missing teeth can be treated by getting a Dental Crown or Tooth Bridge.
Crowns and the majority of bridges are fixed dental prosthetic devices that are cemented onto already existing teeth or oral implants.
Crowns are used to either completely cover or cap a damaged tooth. This procedure not only strengthens a tooth that has been damaged, but can also improve its alignment, shape or appearance. Crowns may also be used to cover over a dental implant.
Bridges are used to span a gap between missing teeth. A bridge is cemented to your natural teeth or implant that is on either side of the missing tooth. These teeth serve as an anchor for the bridge.
Crowns and bridges are made from a variety of materials including ceramic, porcelain, gold metal alloys and acrylic. Porcelain is often a preferred choice because it can be matched to the colour of your existing teeth.
Before a crown or bridge can be installed, the tooth or teeth have to be reduced in size so that the replacement crown or bridge will fit properly over top. Then the dentist makes an impression to create a proper mold. While the permanent crown or bridge is being made in a lab, a temporary replacement is put in place. Finally, when the permanent bridge or crown is ready, the temporary is replaced with the permanent one.
If you would like more information on crowns and bridges please give us a call. Our friendly staff is standing by to provide you with further details on either procedure and to answer any questions you may have.
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