Crowns and Bridges
When teeth are heavily decayed they are more likely to fracture and may be too weak to survive with just a filling. The greater risk is that a fracture line may go below the margin of the gum which makes restoration more difficult or near impossible. By placing a crown, a tooth may be given a new lease of life.
Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. Even when a single tooth is lost a denture may not be required as a bridge can be made which spans the gap with a tooth attached to those next to the space. Sometimes when a single small tooth is lost at the front of the mouth a simple bridge can be made which has ‘wings’ that are glued to the back of the adjacent teeth.
Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.
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For more information on dental crowns & bridges, or to schedule a appointment with Dr. Kanthi, please contact us today.