Restoration of periodontally involved teeth

The above picture shows teeth crowned with gold copings (thimbles) which are permanently cemented to teeth loosened by bone loss due to periodontal (gum) disease. Then a bridge is made which can fit over these copings and splint all the loose teeth together.

Bridge made to fit over copings. (11K jpeg)

This bridge is placed with temporary cement so that it can be removed if neccesary for cleaning, further periodontal treatment or repair. The gold copings underneith prevent decay if the temporary cement leaks. This type of treatment is known as a "periodontal prosthesis" and when combined with good hygiene and periodontal treatment is the best way to retain teeth which have become loosened due to lost bone support.

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