The best course of action to maintain your oral health is with regular daily brushing, flossing, and routine dental exams. However, if you experience tooth damage due to severe decay, trauma or cracks, your dentist may suggest a crown or a bridge to repair the injury and prevent new problems for surfacing.
A crown is a protective dental cap used to cover the surface of a damaged tooth, to repair and restore it to its previous size and shape. Crowns are constructed from each patient’s unique tooth impression, so they fit like natural teeth. Once in place, a dental crown will strengthen the structure of the affected tooth and protect it from further damage. Crowns are used in cases where a tooth cannot be repaired with dental fillings or other restorative treatments.
There are a variety of materials used to create dental crowns, but porcelain is the most desirable because it blends in well with the color of natural teeth. This type of crown is very strong and highly durable; it will last a long time and provide an attractive smile. Porcelain crowns are made to match the color, size, and shape of the surrounding natural teeth.
Teeth play a vital role in proper speaking and chewing. Missing teeth make executing both of these necessary functions more difficult. Over time, other problems can arise as the remaining teeth shift into the open spaces. Bite, jaw and joint disorders such as TMJ may develop, and this condition can lead to gum disease.
One popular option for restoring one or more missing teeth is a bridge. There are two types of dental bridges available, a permanent bridge and a removable bridge. A removable bridge is also referred to as a partial denture or simply a partial. This type of dental prosthetic can be removed from the mouth for cleaning. Permanent bridges are bonded to the surrounding teeth and are removable only by a dentist. Like dental crowns, bridges are also custom made and are created from various materials such as porcelain.
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