A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant.
Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. Root canal treatment, where the pulp of the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels is removed, can also weaken a tooth, especially if it has large fillings. They are typically bonded to the tooth using dental cement. Crowns can be made from many materials such as gold, metal alloy, porcelain and zirconia. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth.
Bridges replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of an artificial tooth anchored to the adjacent natural teeth. If a tooth is lost through an accident, or is too badly decayed to be saved with a crown, a bridge may be the treatment of choice for you.
Teeth have many functions apart from chewing and biting, so missing teeth could be replaced for the following reasons:
- To improve appearance and speech
- To prevent stresses causing damage to other teeth
- To maintain the natural bite
- To improve chewing ability
Come and have a chat with us at Faith Dental if you are interested in improving the aesthetics and function of your existing or missing dentition.
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