Dental implants are a modern method of replacing damaged or lost teeth and provide a healthy, natural-looking smile. The implant is a metal post, usually made of titanium, which supports dental prosthesis such as crowns, bridges and dentures. The implant, which is placed into the jawbone, can replace the root of a tooth when it fails.
Crowns are often fitted to teeth that are heavily filled, chipped or broken and are usually made of porcelain. A tooth-shaped cap (the ‘crown’) is placed over the damaged tooth and cemented in place, restoring the appearance and functionality of a damaged tooth. Where a tooth is lost, an implant can be fitted and a crown is attached to this.
Bridges quite literally ‘bridge the gap’ between missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two anchor teeth, which can be healthy teeth or two crowns held in place by dental implants, with a false tooth or teeth filling the gap between. A bridge can not only improve the appearance of your smile, but they can also reduce the increased stress that is present on other teeth, when you have a gap.