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A replacement crown replaces part or all of the natural crown of a tooth. It is also called a crown or a cap.

The visible part of the tooth is called the crown. It is joined to the root of the tooth which is in the jawbone under the gum.

When all, or a large part of the original crown of a tooth has been destroyed, a replacement crown is made to restore the tooth.

A replacement crown is also made for a healthy tooth when it forms part of a bridge, or when it is used for cosmetic purposes.

A natural crown that has become discoloured or unsightly can be replaced with a new crown. The new crown can be made to match the surrounding teeth in colour, shape and proportion.

A replacement crown is prepared by the dentist and made by a dental technician.


The dentist will evaluate all the factors that affect your smile. The following will be considered:

  • How much tooth shows when you smile.

  • The size, colour, shape and position of the teeth.

  • Spaces between the teeth.

  • The condition of the teeth.

  • The amount of gum revealed when you smile.

  • The evenness or unevenness of the gum line.

  • The colour and texture of the gums.

  • The way the lips are supported by the teeth and gums.

  • The way the upper and lower jaws relate to each other.


A dental implant is a root replacement.

It is a fine rod of metal that is inserted or "planted" into the jawbone.

The natural root which was removed when the tooth was extracted, is now replaced by a metal root.

Implants can allow tooth replacement when teeth have not developed because of hereditary or congenital factors.

An implant is made up of two parts: The root or body, and the abutment.

The root is embedded in the bone and the abutment is the part that is visible in the mouth.

The root portion is left under the gum while bone is growing around it. The abutment is attached at a later stage.

A dental restoration is also called a filling. It is the repair of a damaged or decayed tooth, restoring it back to its normal shape, appearance and function.

The name of the material that is used to repair a tooth is often the name given to the repair process. "Composite Restoration" is an example of the material giving its name to the process.


A bridge replaces a missing tooth or teeth. It is called a fixed bridge because it is not removable.

A bridge is a structure, supported by teeth on either side of a space.

It spans the gap between teeth, just as a bridge spans a rive

A removable partial denture is an appliance that replaces one or several missing teeth.

It is attached to the remaining teeth with clasps, and is removable by the wearer.

Dentures are made by general dentists or by specialists called Prosthodontists.

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