Crowns are called indirect restorations, because the restoration is fabricated outside of the mouth, instead of being built in layers directly into the teeth like a filling. We take impressions of the teeth, then the restoration is shaped to match the part of the tooth it will replace. The restoration is attached with dental cement, or bonding agent. An indirect restoration is an inlay if it covers part of a tooth, without extending to a cusp (pointed tip of tooth). It is an onlay if it extends to replace a tooth’s cusp. And if it complete covers the top surface of the tooth, it is called a crown or cap. Crowns are more effective than fillings in reinforcing teeth to withstand biting forces, and prevent breakage or further fracture of tooth structure. If a tooth’s original structure is too compromised to support a filling, these indirect restorations can provide fantastic, long-lasting, beautiful results. There are several different materials used for crowns. Options are discussed prior to proceeding with the restoration.
A fixed bridge is a dental restoration to that is fixed to surrounding teeth. The bridge fills (bridges) the gap left by the missing teeth, preventing the surrounding teeth from moving into the gap and becoming misaligned. Under the right circumstances it can be an excellent solution to maintain alignment and function to create a beautiful smile.
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