Dental crowns serve many varied purposes, such as salvaging broken teeth, cosmetic enhancements and many purposes in between.
When a tooth has suffered from decay and another filling is going to put the tooth at risk, a crown can be placed over the base of the tooth allowing to save the tooth with a restoration that so closely resembles neighboring teeth it will be virtually undetectable. This same application works for a tooth that has been cracked or broken.
When infection or trauma results in the need for endodontic therapy (root canal), the final step in this procedure is very often the placing of a crown to seal the access point on the treated tooth.
Tooth loss can be overwhelming no matter the reason. While there are many different procedures to replace lost teeth, the one that most closely resembles restoring your biological teeth is with dental implants.
One or more titanium implants are embedded in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. Over time as the surgical area is healing, bone is adhering to the implant(s) providing a solid base for the protective covering that will be permanently affixed. A restoration much like a crown will be cemented over the implant(s). [pullquote]These restorations are made to look like surrounding teeth in shape, size, and color.[/pullquote]
These restorations are made to look like surrounding teeth in shape, size, and color. You will be able to eat all the foods you love, speak clearly, and smile with renewed self-confidence as you enjoy a return to life as you lived it before tooth loss.
Dental crowns are also used as anchors to permanently attach dental fixtures like partials or bridges. Patients wishing to have a fixed unit (one that is permanently cemented in place) will have the abutment teeth (the ones on either side of missing units) prepped for crowns.
The bridge will be fabricated with crowns on both ends and the pontic (replacement tooth) in between. Our dentist will have provided the dental lab with dental impressions, as well as specific instructions, so the restoration will fit correctly and blend with neighboring teeth.
The beauty of all of these applications is the crown becomes permanent, and with proper care, should last for many years. Caring for your crown is the same as for your natural teeth; daily brushing and flossing coupled with regular visits to the dentist should allow your restoration to serve you well.
For more information or to set up a consultation, contact our skilled dental team today.