Restorative Dentistry.

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Dental Bridges and Crowns.

A dental bridge is usually used where there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth. Bridges are usually made of a precious metal base.

If the bridge will show, porcelain is then bonded to the base. Sometimes, there are other non-precious metals used in the base to reduce the cost.
You should replace missing teeth for a number of reasons. Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put on the teeth at either side.

A gap can also mean your ‘bite’ is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.

Crowns, known also as ‘caps’, are ideal not only for enhancing the appearance of a damaged tooth, but for protecting the remaining root and tooth soft tissue as well.

Crowns are made of porcelain or precious metals, or a combination of these materials.

Bridges
Dentures

Dentures.

Dentures are designed to replace missing teeth and can be used for example, to replace two or three teeth which are sat side by side, or they can also be used as a full denture, designed to replace the entire upper or lower row of teeth. Dentures are made of metal or plastic acrylic, and can be carefully coloured to match your existing teeth. Dentures are custom-fit to ensure functionality.

Dentures have the added benefit in that they offer replacement support to cheeks, lips, and tongue which restores the wearer’s former appearance and aids in clear speech.

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