Crowns and Bridges procedures are a specialty for the team of experts at Midtown Smiles. Crowns, also known as caps, are used to repair a tooth that has been weakened by cavities or broken by an injury. Crowns are also used as anchor points for a fixed bridge. Bridges are used to normalize a gap that is left from any number of missing teeth. If you have a number of teeth missing, more anchor points become necessary so that the bridge has the support it needs.
Crowns, also known as caps, are used to repair a tooth that has been weakened by cavities or broken by an injury. Crowns are also used as anchor points for a fixed bridge.
Crowns, while similar to veneers, do have a slight difference. Veneers only cover the front of the tooth, while crowns encase the entire tooth. Crowns are constructed to perfectly match the natural shape of your tooth. This is done by sending impressions of your tooth to a lab where they produce the crown and then send it back.
Crowns are an easy and effective solution for teeth that are in need of extra support or are in imminent danger of falling apart.
There are several different types of bridges. There are fixed bridges, extension bridges, and resin-bonded bridges.
Fixed bridges consist of artificial teeth that are attached to a metal frame. The frame is then fused to crowns or implants that serve as anchor points. If you have a number of teeth being replaced, more anchor points become necessary so that the bridge has the support it needs.
Extension bridges allow you to avoid having to use an anchor point on both sides of your mouth. While this can be helpful in some situations, it is more prone to failure due to the lack of extra anchors.
Resin-bonded bridges are attached with thin metal strips that are glued to the backs of teeth. While effective, the downside of this method is that it is possible for the bonding to loosen over time.
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