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Dental Devices: Keeping Your Teeth Strong and Long Lasting

Date posted: 2018-12-18

Prosthetic devices such as dental crowns and bridges are fixed onto already existing teeth or implants and cannot be removed without the assistance of a dentist.

Dental Crowns: Types and Uses

A dental crown is primarily used to improve the shape or alignment of a tooth and strengthen it in case of damage. Ceramic or porcelain crowns can look exactly like natural teeth but can become weak over time, while gold and metal alloy crowns are stronger and more durable. Crowns are usually recommended to replace a large filling, prevent fracturing of a weak tooth and to conceal a dental implant or a poorly shaped tooth. Porcelain fused to metal crowns are extremely durable and look good but it requires a moderate amount of the tooth structure to be removed. Dental crowns and bridges enable the tooth to remain strong and are bio compatible. Gold alloy crowns do not wear away and prevents tooth fractures.

Dental Veneers and its Benefits

To address physical and aesthetic issues surrounding teeth, permanent dental veneers or thin porcelain pieces are cemented onto the front of the teeth. Dental veneers can take care of stained teeth, chipped and crooked teeth or even fill up long gaps between teeth. Porcelain Dental Veneers are natural looking and do not stain easily while composite resin veneers are more affordable and easily repaired or fixed. Stained enamels can look unattractive and lead to permanent stubborn brown or yellow stains. When bleaching procedures don’t work, dental veneers can help to whiten your teeth permanently.

Types of Dental Bridges

Traditional bridges use fake teeth that are held in place by crowns or abutments that are cemented. Bridges can also replace molars and are quite strong. Cantilever bridges are supported by an abutment only on one side which could lead to fractures or a loose crown. The Maryland bridges use a framework of metal that is boned on to adjacent teeth. Another option for replacing missing teeth is the use of an implant supported bridge. Bridges allow people to compensate for missing teeth and to continue chewing naturally. It prevents bone loss and helps to maintain the structure of the face. Individuals also find the use of dental bridges comfortable and hardly notice its presence after a while.

From Porcelain Dental Veneers to dental bridges, the options to save, strengthen and restore your teeth are numerous.

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