If You Have Missing Teeth Dental Crowns and Bridges May Be The Answer

Crowns and bridges can be used if you are in need of a cosmetic and restorative makeover. These are quality cosmetic treatments that can reinvigorate and rejuvenate a smile that is looking tired or needs enhancement.


A crown is a fitting that is placed over the damaged or affected tooth. This can be done to amend its size, shape or strength, all which is important in teeth. There are 2 types of crowns; these are metal based porcelain crowns, and full porcelain crowns.

The metal based crown has a metal core which is the surrounded by porcelain outer, after the porcelain is placed on the outer of the metal, it is completely invisible and all that can be seen in the porcelain on the outside. Zirconia all ceramic crowns have ceramic core and contain no metal, both are commonly used.

Most often crowns are used to repair cracked teeth weakened by fillings, grinding, clenching or root canal treatment. They can also be used for cosmetic reasons and if excessive wear has occurred.


If you have missing teeth and are looking for a straight forward treatment that looks good and restores your mouth to good dental function, then dental bridges are a suitable option. Bridges are a long term solution to covering tooth loss; it prevents such problems of shifting and drifting of remaining teeth into the missing gaps which could lead to further complications. A bridge is essentially a device anchored to surrounding teeth that replaces one or more missing teeth.

Visit your local dentist today to discuss if crowns and bridges could be the option for you to finally regain that perfect smile.

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