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Crowns and Bridges

What are crowns?

Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover and protect broken or weakened teeth. Crowns are used in a number of procedures including root canals, restorations, and cosmetic dentistry.

What materials are used for crowns?

Crowns or caps come in several different materials or compositions. The most common type of crown is the metal framed crown with a porcelain or ceramic exoskeleton. There are also crowns that are all ceramic or porcelain and are made without metal (these reflect light better and make the smile brighter). You can also find all metal crowns, usually gold, but these are rare.

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What are bridges?

A dental bridge is used to span the gap between two teeth where a tooth has been extracted or lost. The bridge replaces the tooth (teeth) and allows the patient to eat as if they never lost the tooth. Bridges are made from the same materials as crowns, but the procedure to fit them is slightly different.

What are the benefits of crowns and bridges?

One of the biggest benefits is that you can continue to eat your favorite foods comfortably. The crowns and/or bridges allow you to eat with your normal or an improved bite. Crowns and bridges last a long time and can withstand the wear and tear of chewing. Unfortunately, if you grind or clench your teeth, you can reduce the longevity of your crowns/bridges.

Cosmetic Dentistry is part art and part science. Your smile is an important part of your personality. Your smile can influence your career opportunities, marriage prospects, societal standing etc. You can communicate your happiness with any one of any nationality through a smile. A perfect smile is a very important part for your happy life. Not everyone is blessed with a natural killer smile. This is where cosmetic dentist Chattanooga TN come in to play.

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