Crowns and Bridges

Crowns

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Crowns are dental restorations that protect damaged, cracked or broken teeth. Dental crowns often referred to as caps; sit over the entire part of the tooth that lies above the gum line.

Bridges

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Bridges and implants are two ways to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Bridges are false teeth anchored in place by neighboring teeth. The bridge consists of two crowns on the anchoring teeth along with the false tooth in the center. Dental implants are artificial roots used to support replacement teeth.