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repair of a teeth bridge crown, fix broken caps

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broken porcelain teeth dental tooth crown bridge metal repair fix problems cap complications broke How to photos show repair of broken porcelain that is part of a large fixed porcelain metal bridge - caps. This technique can help prevent the need to replace an entire bridge. Fabricate a 3/4 crown to fit over the metal frame of the 12 teeth fixed porcelain metal dental bridge. Use dental cement to attach it.
bridge caps, repairs, implants, fix dental crowns, telescopic coping, broken, telescopes Fabricating a telescopic coping under a porcelain-metal dental bridge that is supported by implants and teeth.
porcelain dental bridge repair fix caps  broken crowns oral mouth Porcelain repair on an eight year old 12-tooth PFM dental bridge. Note the grooves and craters. Mechanical retention is very important to enhance porcelain bonding.
fix tooth bridge caps crowns repair, cement leakage, wash out under dental bridges Cement leakage - washout - under old dental bridge. Rampant tooth decay may be present on the abutment teeth upon removal of a loose bridge. The words, crown and cap, mean the same thing; a dental crown and tooth crown also mean the same thing. A fixed dental bridge, prosthesis or bridgework, typically means more than one crown - and that they are connected together as one piece. The word fixed typically means permanently cemented and not removable by the patient. Some patients incorrectly refer to their removable denture as a bridge.
repair fix broken dental bridge pontic impingement, blanching gums,  periodontics, gingival This dental bridge pontic was impinging - pushing - on the gum causing pain. Blanching of the gingiva, the gum turning white, was noted in this area. How to reduce a pontic that is pushing on the gums.
Oral Implants, dental prosthesis, subperiosteal, acrylic reline technique, repair fix broken These pictures show how to reline an acrylic dental implant prosthesis.
fixed bridgework dentistry complications,   repair fix broken tooth crowns, dental caps Two-unit teeth bridge with an occlusal rest seats onto the rest preparation in the mesial of the second molar crown. This eliminates the need for removing the second molar dental crown. The premolar did receive root canal therapy following healing of the extraction site.
cervical decay, radiolucency, distal abutment, tooth caps, dental crowns, bridges repair fix broken Cervical decay and root canal infection around a mandibular premolar. 1) A large radiolucency is seen in the x-ray. The distal abutment is actually the distal root of a first molar following hemisection. 2) Following root canal therapy. The cervical decay can now be seen more easily. 3) The working model showing the preparation of the mesial part of the distal two tooth dental bridge. This preparation will allow rigid connection to the new anterior bridge being made. 4) The new bridge section in place on the working model. 5) & 6) Two pictures of the new bridge showing the distal attachment. 7) An intra oral photo, which mirrors the working model view seen in 3). 8) The final result. Porcelain could have been added to the gold occlusal rest upon patient request.
dental implants complications failure, prosthetics, broken acrylic prosthesis, repair fix dental bri Acrylic failure in an acrylic fused to metal full arch dental implant prosthesis, dental bridge. 1) The acrylic separated from the metal of this eight-year-old implant prosthesis. 2) The dental implant abutments are shown following removal of the prosthesis. 3) The prosthesis showing the separation. 4) Following fabrication of new acrylic to the frame. The ability to remove, repair and replace a prosthesis is a good thing.
repair fix broken attaching dental tooth bridges, Metal Framework, Radiograph, Pontic Semi-precision How to attach a dental bridge to another dental bridge in the middle of a pontic. Pictures. 1) This elderly patient developed distal root decay under a bridge and a root canal infection on an abutment premolar. Note that the distal molar had previously been hemisected. 2) Following dental bridge section removal and endodontics. 3) - 4) Two and a half unit bridge fabricated and seated on the working model. 5) - 6) Two photos of the two and a half unit bridge. The distal half unit has been made with a female semi-precision attachment. 7) The metal framework of the pontic was prepared into a "T" shape to help lock in the bridge upon cementation. 8) The final porcelain metal dental bridge.
Dentistry Bridge Repair, fix Tooth Radiograph, External Resorption, Gingival Margin broken Dental bridge repair. This patient could not afford replacement of the bridge. 1) - 2) Patient had a two tooth bridge on an upper canine abutment, lateral incisor pontic and palatal wing attached to the distal of the central. The patient presented with the bridge out. 3) Initially it seemed that there was external resorption on the facial surface of the canine near the gingival margin. 4) Initial x-ray. Photo #1 of 3.
fix Tooth Bridge Repair with Bonding,  Gingival Margin, Gingivectomy, Broken cap crown Dental Bridge repair. The patient could not afford replacement of the bridge. 1) Fitting the dental bridge over the bonded repair. 2) The bridge was cemented with resin. The mesial wing was also bonded to the distal of the lateral. 3) The gingivectomy was chosen over a periodontal gum flap surgery because the patient had a low lip line and so the development of a pseudopocket with a flap was avoided. The red indicates where the gum line could have been. 4) The final result. The patient is informed of the need for bridge replacement when finances allow. Photo #3 of 3.


 Information about these dental photos

     In medicine and dentistry "left" and "right" are based upon the orientation of the patient's body and not how they appear in a photograph of a smile.  For example, a reference to the upper left teeth will actually appear to be on the right side when viewing a picture of the face and similarly an upper right tooth will appear to be on the left side.

     Many words in dentistry like oral and mouth have a similar meaning and are frequently used together to help our readers find specific words they best understand.  This is particularly important because a majority of our visitors are from countries where English is not their primary language.  Maxilla or maxillary refer to the upper jaw.  Mandible or mandibular refer to the lower jaw.

     There are many other similar word combinations used throughout this website because our pages are read by patients and dentists.  A few of the most common are discussed here.  Tooth decay, tooth cavity and dental caries all mean the same thing.  Tooth, teeth and dental are also frequently interchanged as in teeth veneers or dental veneer laminate.  Oral rehabilitation and dental reconstruction mean smile makeover.  The word for x-ray may be used with or without a hyphen (this is true for other words too) and can also be called a radiograph.