Broken tooth? Badly decayed tooth? Don’t Panic you probably won’t lose the tooth! We may be able to save your tooth with a dental crown.
What are Dental Crowns?
A crown is a tooth shaped cover that is positioned over an existing damaged tooth to enhance strength and durability and to create a smoother look.
Reasons for Crown Placement
Reinforce a tooth that is cracked or broken
Repair a tooth that has an old large filling
Cover a tooth that is severely decayed
Reinforce a tooth that has had a root canal
Encase a dental implant
Anchor a dental bridge
Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile. Types of crowns include the full porcelain crown (ideal for use on the front teeth), the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown and the all-metal crown (ideal for use on the back teeth).
The Dental Crown Procedure
Before placing the crown on the tooth, the tooth will be shaped to make room for it.
Then an impression of the tooth and the surrounding teeth is taken.
A temporary acrylic crown is placed on the tooth.
When the permanent crown is ready (1-2 weeks normally), the temporary crowns are replaced.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Bridges span the space created when teeth are missing. A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth.
Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
the replacement tooth. These two crowns are cemented to the abutments – the natural teeth or implants on either side of the empty space and act as anchors for the pontic.
As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Our dentist can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
- Restores your smile
- Restores your ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintains the shape of your face
- Distributes the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevents remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to get an opinion on your need for dental crowns or bridges.