Dental bridges are special devices that are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They derive their name because their design allows them to bridge the gap left by missing teeth. Bridges use a strong metal framework to support artificial teeth, or crowns, that are tinted and shaped to look like your natural teeth. They are attached to the teeth on either side of the gap using a strong adhesive for permanent attachment, or special clips so the bridge can be removed. Many people prefer bridges to dentures because they don't slip, and they tend to be more comfortable.
Crowns are dental restorations that are designed to surround the entire surface of the tooth. Made of strong porcelain materials, crowns are very durable, and they can be used to strengthen teeth after root canals, extensive decay, or damage, and to provide additional strength for the teeth used to support dental bridges. They can also be used for cosmetic applications to hide large fillings, fractures or other issues. Crowns can be custom-tinted and shaped, so they look like your natural teeth.
Veneers are very thin coverings that are used to address an array of cosmetic concerns. Applied to the surfaces of teeth, veneers can be used to hide deep stains and discolorations that don't respond to teeth whitening procedures. They can also be used to cover chips, cracks, pits and uneven tooth edges. Additionally, they can be used to help make teeth appear straighter and to close gaps between teeth. Veneers are usually applied in two visits – the first to shape the tooth and take an impression, and the second to apply the veneer to the tooth surface. A temporary veneer can be applied at the first visit to protect the tooth while the permanent veneer is being created in the lab.
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