When teeth have extensive decay or old, large, failing fillings, they may be too weak to hold just another filling. A tooth in this condition is more likely to fracture. The greater concern is that a fracture line may extend below the margin of the gum which makes restoration more difficult or near impossible. By placing a crown, a tooth may be given a new lease on life.
Even when a single tooth is lost, a denture may not be required as a fixed bridge can be made. Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge consists of an anchor tooth at either end referred to as abutments. The fake tooth or teeth are in the middle and are referred to as pontics. These sections are fused into one piece and cemented in place.
Crowns and fixed bridges may be made from several different materials. Gold, porcelain or ceramic are the preferred materials used by Dr. Balice and his associates.