Restorative treatment options
Crowns:  A dental crown, or dental cap, covers your damaged tooth and is a solid replacement for a damaged natural tooth. A crown fits just like a natural tooth because it is created from impressions of your tooth. After your crown is in place, your tooth will be stronger and last longer. Dental Associates offers a variety of materials for your dental crown, and your dentist will discuss the best option for your individual case.
Bridges:  A dental bridge covers or "bridges" the gap between missing teeth.
After you lose a tooth, your dentist may suggest that you get a bridge. A bridge can keep your other teeth from moving out of place.
Once a bridge is placed, it works just like your natural teeth.
Missing teeth not only make talking and chewing more difficult, but they can also cause other problems over time. Teeth adjacent to the space in your mouth can eventually shift into the empty space, which can affect your bite and lead to gum disease or other disorders such as TMJ (temporomandibular joint issues).
One way to take care of a gap caused by a missing tooth is with a dental bridge. There are two types of bridges: removable and permanent. Removable dental bridges, also called partial dentures, can be taken out and cleaned, and permanent dental bridges, sometimes called dentures.