This is a long-term solution that can help prevent the cycle of problems that can occur when just one tooth is missing, such as shifting of the remaining teeth, decay, periodontal disease and bone loss.
What is a Crown?
A crown is a tooth-like covering placed over a carefully prepared existing tooth. Used to strengthen, restore or improve the appearance of your natural tooth. Crowns serve many functions in addition to being used to strengthen a tooth, one is to accommodate the attachment of a fixed bridge or to support a tooth when there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling. Crowns may also be used to protect the structure of a tooth that is fractured or broken.
What is a Bridge and Why are Crowns involved?
A bridge is a custom device anchored to neighboring teeth that replaces one or more missing teeth. When a lost tooth is replaced with bridge-work, the teeth on either side of the missing one must be prepared as crowns to serve as abutments to hold the prosthetic (replacement) teeth in place. Crowns and bridges are most often made from superior materials such as porcelain. Both appearance and function are considered when selecting the right material.
Why is Crown and Bridge Treatment necessary?
Losing a permanent tooth - whether it be due to dental decay, periodontal (gum) disease, injury or accident - can cause many serious problems for your neighboring teeth. Because the support and chewing forces are altered, the remaining teeth may begin to shift. The opposing tooth above or below the lost tooth can begin to move up or down and out of the socket, which can accelerate periodontal disease and further break down the bone structure. If the missig tooth is not replaced, more teeth may eventually be lost due to the improper forces exerted during chewing.
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