A tooth which has lost so much of its substance that it cannot be maintained using a filling or an inlay may be fitted with a crown to preserve its function. This first involves stabilizing the remaining part of the tooth with high-quality filling. After sanding off of a thin layer around the tooth an impression is taken. This allows the dental technician to produce a crown that will perfectly fit on to the sanded tooth and be properly fixed using cementing material.
When a tooth is lost from a row of teeth the gap needs to be closed again to avoid distortion of the neighbouring teeth and improper bite that may in turn adversely affect the temporomandibular joint. Ways of closing a gap are for example the application of dentures, bridges and implants.
One way to replace the loss of a tooth is by applying a bridge. This entails grinding the neighbouring teeth either side of the gap to obtain a snug fit for the crowns. The two crowns are connected by a linker that replaces the missing tooth. The bridge that is inserted in one piece feels as though it is part of your natural teeth.
Such crowns and bridges can be of gold, which is a material that has been used for decades due to its durability. Much more attractive of course are ceramic crowns, which can be indiscernibly designed by the dental technician to show no difference to the real tooth. Today, new ceramic materials are just as durable as gold.
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