Often times a tooth will require a crown due to many reasons including broken teeth or fillings, decayed teeth, root canal teeth, or very large fillings. A tooth may require a crown for cosmetic purposes such as to change the shape or color of a tooth. A crown covers the whole tooth surface and restores it to it’s original or desired size and shape. It also helps to strengthen and protect the underlying tooth structure.
Bridges are often indicated when one or more teeth are missing and there are sound teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. A bridge does exactly what it’s name states – “bridges a gap.” A bridge consists of two abutment teeth on either side and pontic crown/crowns in between.
Both dental crowns and bridges are permanent restorations and are permanently cemented to the underlying tooth structure.
Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace all missing teeth in an arch and restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, dentures can replace those teeth and allow you to speak and eat better. Dentures can be conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the tissue has had time to heal. Immediate dentures are made before the teeth have been removed and are placed immediately after removal of the teeth. After the tissue heals, adjustments will be needed.
Partial Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace some missing teeth in an arch. Tissue-colored plastic material attaches the replacement teeth to either a metal or resin framework. The framework will consist of clasps or precision attachments which hold it in place in your mouth. Partial dentures not only help to restore your smile, but they also help adjacent natural teeth to keep from moving or shifting.