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Broken or Chipped Teeth
Accidents happen, especially during sports. Broken or chipped teeth can be restored using porcelain veneers and crowns.
Your own customised mouth guard can be created to prevent further accidents.
A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes known as a 'cap'. Crowns are an ideal restoration for teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling.
A crown could be used for a number of other reasons, for instance:
Besides having a dental implant, there are two main ways to replace missing teeth. The first is with a removable false tooth or teeth – a partial denture. The second is with a fixed bridge.
You should replace missing teeth for a number of reasons. Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put on the teeth at either side. A gap can also mean your 'bite' is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes both decay and gum disease.
You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. You also have to clean under the false tooth every day.
Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach.
If you want general information on a condition or treatment, go to the British Dental Health Foundation's web site where they have over 40 online leaflets.
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