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