Tooth decay is preventable. It is caused by sugars left in the mouth that turn into an acid. That acid eats through the enamel of the tooth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason — many children and adolescents tend to be lax in their oral hygiene habits. Correct brushing and flossing habits and regular dental visits will help to keep too decay away.
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Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap (these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth) and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Dental crowns are used for restoring damaged teeth that do not have enough remaining tooth structure to repair with other methods. Often a filling will separate from the tooth causing decay and damage. Without prompt attention, the tooth will become further damaged causing a serious risk to your health. Because the damage is too extensive to be repaired with another filling, replacing part of the tooth with a crown is the best solution.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth. It may be recommended to replace a permanent tooth that has fallen out from an injury or was taken out because of bad tooth decay. Implants are natural-looking, can provide support for dentures, and do not affect the teeth bordering them.
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Dental veneers - or porcelain veneers - are wafer-thin, laminates (or shells) of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth and are an excellent treatment for improving the color, shape, size, or length of each tooth.
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