Crowns & Bridges
Crowns, also sometimes called caps, are made to cover badly damaged teeth, restoring their shape and size to look as original as possible. A bridge is a group of three or more crowns, or false teeth, connected together to replace a group of missing teeth. With a crown, you can return to biting and chewing normally, without worrying about the tooth underneath being damaged.
Crowns are often made of ceramic, or porcelain, to match the teeth next to them. They can also be made from metal or a combination of both ceramic and metal.
There are two types of bridge. A removable bridge is one that can be removed for cleaning and other purposes. A permanent bridge is either fastened to other teeth in such a way that it will not come loose, or fastened to dental
Why A Bridge
When adult teeth are missing, it leaves space in the mouth that is not supposed to be there. This can cause the remaining teeth to move and become unevenly spaced. This can be not only unattractive, but they can also cause damage to other teeth and discomfort. A bridge not only restores the appearance of your smile, it also serves as a spacer, to keep your natural teeth in their place.
An implant bridge is anchored to one or more dental implants, which are titanium anchors implanted into the jaw bone. These are very stable and are the closest thing to a perfect replacement available.
These bridges typically have porcelain or ceramic crowns, to create teeth that are very similar to your natural smile. Once the implants have fully integrated into the jaw, implant bridges are nearly undetectable to the patient as well.
Removable Bridge A removable bridge is a cost effective appliance that attaches to teeth on either side of missing tooth. Removable bridges can be taken out to clean, and are often left out to sleep. If properly fitted, this type of bridge can provide an excellent replacement for natural teeth. Removable bridges are not as durable as implants or permanent bridges and may need to be refitted from time to time. With proper care, a removable bridge will provide many years of good service.