This type of dentistry refers to treatments that are more complex and extensive than simple minor restorative procedures, and includes crowns, bridges, implants and dentures.


crownsA dental crown is a tooth shaped, hollow ‘cap’ that restores a badly damaged, weakened or unsightly tooth to ideal size, strength and appearance. A crown is recommended in situations where 50% or more of the tooth has been lost, and a filling won’t do the job. Like a thimble fitting over your finger, a cemented crown replaces the missing part of the tooth, while strengthening it by physically holding it together and protecting it from further damage. Although more expensive than a large filling, crowns are cost-effective because they last much longer.



bridgesA dental bridge is a tried and true method of permanently replacing one or more missing teeth. A bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth (called pontics), held in place by dental crowns. These dental crowns (called abutments), are cemented to the teeth adjacent to the space, thereby “bridging” the gap. A bridge is an especially good option if the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth are compromised, and would benefit from being crowned themselves. Like crowns, a properly designed and crafted bridge will look and feel natural, and be indistinguishable from your real teeth.


Generally considered to be the gold standard of teeth replacement options, a dental implant is a titanium, screw-like fixture that is surgically placed inside the jawbone and allowed to fuse with the bone for several months. The implant acts as a replacement root for a missing tooth. Once fully integrated, a crown is then permanently connected to the implant. Implants can also provide a sturdy base for supporting bridges or even dentures. Being immune from the decay and periodontal disease processes, implant-based dentistry enjoys a high degree of predictability and long-term success.


Dentures are custom-made replacements for multiple missing teeth, in situations where bridges and/or implants are not an option. Dentures improve your appearance and smile, as well as allowing you to speak and eat more comfortably. They are custom-made from models of your mouth, using a combination of pink acrylic, metal bracing clasps, and artificial teeth. Unlike bridges and implants, dentures are removeable and should be cleaned after every meal, and taken out at night. Although they will  never feel the same as natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.



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