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Crowns and Bridges

Fillings repair a tooth but add no strength. Crowns repair the structure lost to decay and strengthen the tooth at the same time. When a large portion of the tooth is lost due to decay and previous fillings, a crown protects the tooth from further decay, fracture and filling loss. Sometimes it also can prevent the need for a root canal procedure later on.

The three most commonly used crowns are metal, ceramic and metal and all ceramic. All metal crowns often made of gold are the strongest and are often used on far back teeth where they resist the greatest chewing pressures and are not usually visible. Ceramic- metal crowns look quite good in most cases and provide both strength and beauty. All ceramic crowns are the most life like restorations and are most commonly used in the front of the mouth.

A bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants.

Types of bridges may vary, depending upon how they are fabricated and the way they anchor to the adjacent teeth. Conventionally, bridges are made using the indirect method of restoration. However, bridges can be fabricated directly in the mouth using such materials as composite resin.