Learn the Meanings of Common Dental Terminology

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Crown

A dental crown is a type of dental implant used to improve or strengthen the appearance of teeth. You may need to have a crown implanted if your tooth has a large enough cavity that may compromise the integrity of the tooth.

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Bridge

A bridge is like a partial denture. It is a dental restoration procedure to replace a missing tooth by joining the denture to adjacent teeth. They can be fabricated in many ways. The adjacent teeth are reduced a bit to make up for the denture that is joined to them. This type of fabrication is custom in order to restore the normal contact with the opposing teeth. Bridges can be made of gold or porcelain fused to metal.

Lumineers

This is a trademarked non-invasive dental technique by Cerinate that corrects some cosmetic issues with teeth. Lumineers are made of porcelain as thin as a contact lens. They are applied to teeth with cement and bonded with a laser. The are just as strong as Veneers, but cost more.

Lumineers have been proven to last for 20 years and are reversible.