Crowns and bridges help restore lost teeth and support remaining teeth for people with tooth loss. When teeth are missing, problems such as shifting, periodontal disease, and bone loss can be avoided by using crown and bridge treatment as a long-term solution. A crown is a tooth-like covering placed over a carefully prepared existing tooth, usually made of stain-resistant porcelain that closely replicates the appearance and function of your natural tooth.
A bridge is a custom device anchored to neighboring teeth that replace one or more missing teeth. When bridges are used to replace lost teeth, the teeth on either side of the missing one must be prepares as crowns to serve as abutments to hold the prosthetic teeth in place. Bridges are most often made from superior materials such as semiprecious or precious metals, porcelain or a combination of metal fused to porcelain. Both appearance and functionality are considered when selecting the material most suitable for a patient.
When teeth are missing, dentures can make it possible for you to eat well, improve your appearance, fill gaps and support your facial muscles so you maintain your appearance. Dentures are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth. They are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable, however there are many different denture designs, some which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants. Daily cleaning and regular dental visits are just as important when you have dentures.