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Crowns and Bridges

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It is very rare that a person retains all of his or her original teeth over the course of a lifetime. Inevitably, teeth are broken or they fall out entirely, due to decay, injury or illness.

In the event your smile incurs a loss of this sort, there are two common solutions, crowns and bridges. Both are considered forms of restorative dentistry, and while both are designed to return your smile to its original state, there are distinct differences between the two.

Crowns are used to repair a damaged or badly decayed tooth. With crowns, part of the original tooth remains intact and is covered with a replica tooth, made of a variety of materials, including ceramic, porcelain, glass and gold. Also known as a “cap,” a crown is made using a mold and usually requires a temporary fitting while the final product is being made. Once finished, the crown is affixed to the tooth with adhesive or through use of a dental implant.

Crowns typically last about ten years. It is possible for a patient to have a number of crowns in their mouth, even on adjacent teeth.

The biggest distinction between crowns and bridges is that a bridge is used when a tooth is missing. The bridge is made up of two crowns and a fake tooth, also called a pontic, molded out of enamel or other material. The crowns are fitted to the teeth adjacent to the space produced by the missing teeth. These teeth are known as abutment teeth.

Like crowns, bridges can be affixed to the mouth using adhesive or through the use of dental implants. They generally last at least ten years.

The results with both crowns and bridges can be quite remarkable, restoring even the most badly damaged teeth to a presentable state and restoring your confidence and self-esteem in the process.

Posted on behalf of David Kurtzman

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