Restorative and Reconstructive Dentistry -
           Crowns, Bridges, and Dentures


Today more and more people are retaining their natural teeth for life.  However, teeth may be worn down, stained, contain large insufficient fillings, or have had root canal therapy making them at risk for fracture.  Crowns and fixed bridges can restore the mouth to normal function and appearance. 

When teeth require more coverage and support than a filling can provide, a crown is often recommended.  A crown is a restoration that covers or caps a tooth so as to restore it to its normal color, shape, size, or strength. 

A fixed bridge replaces one or more missing natural teeth. A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. A bridge may be necessary to prevent shifting of the teeth that can lead to bite problems (occlusion), jaw problems, and periodontal disease,  The missing tooth is replaced with an artificial tooth connected between two crowns (caps) which are permanently cemented or bonded on the adjacent teeth.

Removable partial or full dentures may be indicated instead of bridges or implants in certain cases.   These prostheses replace teeth which have been extracted or lost .

After one of these procedures is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns and dentures. All restorations are placed with the idea that they will be pleasing to the eye, easy to maintain with regular home care, and fully functional in the mouth.

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Alan G. Siegel, DDS
David Hill, DDS
11000 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 290
  Scottsdale, Arizona 85254

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