Crowns just by themselves are for teeth that are broken so much or they've had such large fillings in them that another filling just is not going to last very long. We want something that's going to last awhile. The crown goes all the way around your tooth, so it covers up about 99 percent of your tooth so that, that can't get decay in it anymore. Plus, a crown will make your tooth about three times stronger than a natural tooth. That's what crowns do. Now, bridges are one of the options for replacing missing teeth. There’s four options for replacing missing teeth. One of them is to do nothing; if you do nothing, generally the teeth either behind that space or around it will collapse into that space and your bite slowly collapses. We like to replace that tooth with something.
The next option is a partial denture, and that's something that you take in and out. You can take it out, leave it in your glass at night. Most people don't like that. They like something that stays in all the time. The next most common thing is a bridge. If we have a tooth on either side of that space, we reshape those teeth if they aren't reshaped already and we make one three-unit piece that goes down over there with a fake tooth in the middle. The main disadvantage with that is that you can't floss like normal because it's all one piece. You can floss underneath. It's not a big deal to do that. We have little gadgets that help you get underneath and clean that.
The ideal thing is an implant. That is like getting your tooth back again. The disadvantage is, it's a bit more costly but it's about the same cost as a three-unit bridge, but it does it take a little bit longer because we are waiting for the bone to heal around this implant. It can take anywhere from four to nine months depending on your situation.
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