Crowns & Bridges
Crowns are dental restorations that protect damaged, cracked or broken teeth. The shape of the crown is similar to that of the tooth, and it is used to strengthen the structure of the damaged or decayed tooth. The crown, often referred to as a cap, sits over the entire part of the tooth that lies above the gum line.
Bridges and Removable Partials
Dental bridges (a fixed partial denture) can be used to cover the opening in case a person has lost a tooth. Bridges are false teeth anchored in place by neighboring teeth. A bridge consists of two crowns on the anchoring teeth along with a false tooth in the center. Such bridges are fixed to the gum by means of a cementing material so that it can’t be removed.
A removable partial is a denture for a partially edentulous patient who desires to have replacement teeth for functional or aesthetic reasons and who cannot have a bridge for a number of reasons, such as a lack of required teeth to serve as support for a bridge. This type of prosthesis is referred to as a removable partial denture because patients can remove and reinsert it when required. A removable partial denture usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum colored plastic base, which is sometimes connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw.