A Prosthodontist deals with restoring or replacing missing teeth with crowns and bridges.

missing-toothWhat is a Crown?

A crown is a cap made from various materials suitable for withstanding the biting and chewing forces that a normal tooth must endure. It is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of the tooth that lies at and above the gum line.

Why is a Dental Crown Needed?

  • A dental crown may be needed to rebuild broken or decayed teeth or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
  • To restore a damaged, broken or severely worn down tooth.
  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t much of the tooth left.
  • To secure a dental bridge in place.
  • To cosmetically improve the appearance of misshaped or severely discolored teeth.
  • To cover a dental implant

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What is a Bridge?

A dental bridge is an appliance made to permanently fit between two porcelain crowns. The bridge fills the gap left by one or more missing teeth. We refer to this as a fixed bridge. Think of a fixed bridge as a permanent bridge which cannot be removed (unlike dentures which you can take out and put back in)

When do People Choose or Need a Fixed Bridge?

Patients need fixed bridges when:

  • Their smile needs some restoration
  • They want to be able to chew effectively
  • They need help speaking clearly
  • The shape of a patient’s face needs to be maintained
  • It will help keep other teeth from becoming misaligned