Bridges/Crowns/Implants

All three of these dental procedures are all parts of cosmetic denistry.  Cosmetic dentistry is there to improve your appearance as well as your overall oral health.  Bridges and dental implants are all procedures to replace missing teeth.  Crowns cover large fillings, root canals, decays and misscolored teeth, and implants.  Bridges replace multiple teeth that have adjacent teeth to connect with so that the bridge is able to stay in place.  An implant is a strong way to replace individual teeth. 

A dental bridge replaces missing teeth or a single tooth by bonding a fabricated tooth to the ones adjacent to it. Traditional bridges are made out of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or gold. They are put in after the adjacent teeth have been reduced in size so that the replacement can fit and bonded correctly. Other types of bridges are Cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Cantilever bridges are necessary when there are teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. Resin-bonded bridges are plastic teeth and gums that have to supported by a metal framework.

If a crown is necessary to cover up a tooth or an implant, the first thing that they will do is prepare the tooth. The dentist prepares the tooth by removing some enamel so that there is room for the crown to fit properly. A impression is made so that a crown can be made to fit properly over the tooth. A temporary crown will be placed until the permanent crown is created. At the next visit, the dentist will cement the crown permanently.

An implant takes the place of the root of the tooth.  Surgery for an implant requires a couple visits to the dentist. Preparing the area for the implant requires surgery that embeds the actual synthetic root into the jaw. Time is given to the patient so that the bone tissue in the jaw can form itself around the implant and hold it steady. The next visit will be the placement of the imitative tooth. A metal post will be connected to the synthetic root and the realistic crown will be placed over the post.