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Crowns , Bridges and Dental Implants
Crowns
A crown is a permanent covering that fits over the original tooth, to strengthen it when the tooth is fractured or there is too much decay for the tooth to be filled. Crowns can be made of ceramic porcelain, gold or a precious metal with a porcelain coating.

Bridges
A bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress in your bite.
A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support.
The success of any bridge depends on its foundation - the other teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached. Therefore, it's very important to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong.
Dental Implants
For individuals who wish to replace missing teeth, dental implants may be an effective long-term solution. Implants provide greater structural support and last longer than either bridges or dentures. Implants serve as the artificial root to which new teeth are bonded. They are typically constructed of titanium, a strong and safe material that effectively attaches to bone. A recent survey has shown that Americans are opting for dental implants more often for replacing missing teeth. If a tooth is lost through accident, injury or decay, it must be replaced. In the past this was done with either removable partial dentures or a bridge that is attached to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. Now, another option is the placing of implants. The dental implant process involves a few steps that take place over a time period that can vary from 4 to 12 months. The average treatment takes 6-8 months. The typical process will include:
  • Implant placement: This procedure is performed in our office. Dr. Stiglitz places the dental implant(s). This replaces your missing tooth root(s). Temporary teeth are placed so you look normal throughout treatment. Over the next four months, bone will attach to the surface of the implants anchoring them into position.
  • Tooth fabrication: During this phase, Dr. Stiglitz or Dr. Young attaches a small "post" or extension to the implant(s), to which your new teeth will be attached. A simple impression will be taken and at the next visit new teeth will be placed to give you a functional natural restoration.
 
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