Crowns & Bridges
Crowns are a type of dental restoration which, when cemented into place, fully cup over the tooth. In comparison, fillings are dental restorations that fill in or cover over just a portion of a tooth. Since dental crowns encase the entire visible aspect of a tooth, a dental crown in effect becomes the tooth's new outer surface. Crowns can be made out of porcelain, metal (a gold or other metal ), or a combination of both. Other terms that are used to refer to dental crowns are "dental caps" and "tooth caps." Dental crowns are recommend for a variety of reasons but, in general, most of these reasons will usually fall within one of the following basic categories: - To restore a tooth to its original shape. - To strengthen a tooth. - To improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth. Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth can be made from gold, alloys, white porcelain or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants. Among the benefits of dental bridges are : - Restore your smile - Restore your ability to properly chew and speak - Maintain the shape of your face - Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth - Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position