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Crowns and Bridges



For patients with extensive tooth wear, regardless of the cause, maximum improvement is usually obtained by crowns. You may need to restore your bite to the original length, position, and condition. To rebuild a collapsed bite:

  1. You may be required to wear an acrylic bite splint to see if your jaw will accept the change prior to placing the crowns.
  2. The next step is to place long term temporary crowns to replace the splint, and see how you function with the altered dentistry.
  3. The final step involves replacing the temporary crowns with the final porcelain crowns.

This process typically takes months to complete.
Crowns and Bridges


A major advantage to choosing porcelain crowns is they can be created to look exactly like the teeth they are replacing, or an even more aesthetically-pleasing version. Porcelain crowns are available in a wide variety of shades in order to perfectly color-match them to your existing teeth. This will provide the most natural look, so there is little evidence that you have undergone any dental work at all. Because porcelain crowns are the most cosmetically attractive, they are usually used for the front teeth.

All-porcelain crowns are also a much better choice for anyone with a metal allergy. Since these crowns contain no form of metal at all, the wearer should experience no adverse reactions.

Porcelain crowns are generally durable and long lasting. They require no more care than the rest of your teeth–just a simple regimen of regular brushing and flossing. However, if you tend to grind your teeth or clench your jaw during sleep, you may require fitting for a mouth guard to prevent the excess pressure from causing your crown to crack.


As people age, their teeth often tend to decay and weaken at an increasing rate. The act of chewing imposes significant crushing and shearing forces on the teeth, which can exacerbate the situation. In many cases, dentists may have to resort to reconstructive (or restorative) dentistry to maintain proper function of the mouth. Fortunately, there are options for replacing lost teeth.

Fixed bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. This procedure involves creating either a crown for the tooth or an implant on either side of the missing tooth, and then placing a pontic (false tooth) in between. Removable bridges are often more affordable and more convenient than permanent fixed structures, while offering nearly the same support and reliability. They are held in place with metal clasps or precision attachments.

The healthiest thing to do when you lose a tooth is to have it replaced. Otherwise, you risk problems with biting, chewing and speaking, headaches, and muscle pain. Damaged and missing teeth can also lead to other dental conditions such as gum disease, infection, and further tooth loss.