Our permanent teeth have a huge role to play … we need them to work for us for our lifetime. There are numerous dental conditions that may require intervention to be able to continue to eat favorite foods, speak clearly, and smile with confidence. Dental crowns provide a solution that helps to eliminate some of the concern when faced with broken or decayed teeth, and even tooth loss.
How Dental Crowns Can Help
Dental crowns today are superior to the metal crowns placed years ago. They are aesthetically more pleasing, and today’s porcelain crowns are strong, less irritating to gingiva, and perform more dental functions than ever before.
Broken or fractured teeth: Crowns have been a solution for this condition for a long time. Your dentist simply removes a large part of your broken tooth, takes an impression, and a dental lab fabricates a crown that your dentist will fit perfectly to the base of your remaining tooth.
Protect a tooth ravaged by decay: When dental decay permeates a tooth making a successful repair
doubtful, a crown may be recommended. There are partial crowns referred to as onlays or inlays that are often used in this situation.
Attach a dental bridge: For patients suffering tooth loss who are looking for a more permanent solution, your dentist may recommend a fixed bridge. Abutment teeth are prepped for dental crowns. The lab will build the bridge with crowns on the outside and pontics in between.
Final step to endodontic therapy: When the nerve of a tooth suffers a trauma or becomes infected, there are two choices … extraction or root canal. Saving a tooth, whenever possible, is far more desirable than extraction. With root canal therapy, an access point is needed to remove the contents of the tooth’s roots. Upon completion, that access point must be sealed. In many cases, a dental crown is the tool used to complete a root canal.
Cover a dental implant: A dental implant is placed where tooth loss has occurred. It is designed to become a permanent part of the dental anatomy providing support for the cosmetic restoration (crown) that will cover it.
Many Problems – One Solution
Dental crowns provide answers for many dental maladies. They are easy to care for, can be replaced if needed, feel and look great, and allow the patient total functionality. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our team at Tate Family Dentistry today.