Much of our work involves making custom shaped crowns and bridges to replace missing teeth, completely re-cover badly broken down or disfigured teeth, or replace tired old dental crowns and bridges.
The ones we make most often are “fixed” by strong cements, not "removable", and use natural teeth as support abutments/anchors.
We design them to look, feel and function as well as (or better than, in some cases) natural teeth.
When natural abutment teeth are used to support a crown or fixed bridge, the patient retains the ability to “feel” fine objects in the mouth, and to sense when biting pressures may be hard or soft.
This delicate sensory capacity that teeth exhibit is called "proprioception".