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About Crown & Bridgework

Crowns become necessary when there is insufficient tooth structure to support a filling. Teeth that are severely broken down from decay or fracture can be fully restored to proper appearance and function with a crown restoration.

Crowns cover the tooth completely, fitting just at the gumline and protecting the remaining tooth. Most crowns have a tooth-colored porcelain exterior fused to a high noble metal base. The shade is customized to match your other teeth so that in your mouth a crown will look just like a natural tooth.

Our patient had her existing, old porcelain metal crowns replaced with natural looking all porcelain jacket crowns on her upper and lower teeth.

Bridgework works like a series of connected crowns, replacing missing teeth by bridging the gap and using the surrounding teeth as abutments.

If you are missing one or more natural teeth, then you know how much this diminishes your chewing ability. What you may not realize is that missing teeth also affect your facial structure, increasing stress on remaining teeth and often giving your cheeks a sunken appearance.

If there is sufficient tooth structure remaining on surrounding teeth, we can make an Inlay bridge on back teeth to replace the missing tooth. The bridge seen below preserves more natural tooth structure and is another option for teeth replacement.

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Replacing your missing teeth with bridgework can actually give you a more youthful appearance. Once permanently cemented in your mouth, bridgework will look, feel and function the same as your natural teeth, giving you years of comfort, stability and esthetics.


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Adrian T. Paolini, D.D.S.,
205 East 64th Street
New York, New York 10021
Office Hours By Appointment
(212) 755-1033