Crowns are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged, or to replace missing teeth.
A crown, also called a cap, is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. A crown not only strengthens the tooth,
but it can also dramatically improve the tooth's appearance, shape and alignment.
Crowns may be used to…
- Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly-shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
Bridges in Richboro, PA
A bridge is an ideal method to fill the space created by missing teeth.
A bridge is one or more artificial teeth that are cemented into place using the real
teeth on either side for support—hence the name.
A bridge replaces the missing tooth both functionally and cosmetically.
Bridgework is as much an art as it is an exact science. Bridge materials include gold alloys,
porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all-ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color.
The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.
Types of Dental Bridges:
There are several types of dental bridges, each catering to specific dental needs and patient preferences:
Traditional Dental Bridge:
This is the most common type of bridge, consisting of one or more artificial teeth (pontics) held in place by dental crowns on the adjacent natural teeth. The crowns are permanently cemented, anchoring the bridge in place.
This type of bridge is used when there is only one adjacent tooth to support the pontic. It involves a single crown and is often used in areas where there is less biting force required.
Maryland Bridge (Resin-Bonded Bridge):
This bridge is held in place with metal or porcelain wings bonded to the backs of adjacent teeth. It's a less invasive option compared to traditional bridges, as it doesn't require the removal of enamel for crown placement.
In cases where multiple adjacent teeth are missing, or when the surrounding teeth are not healthy enough to support a bridge, dental implants can be used as the foundation. These implants serve as artificial tooth roots and provide exceptional stability and longevity.