You can keep your teeth healthy with regular brushing, flossing and checkups. However, if over time one or more of your teeth become damaged due to decay, cracks or trauma, your dentist can provide you with a dental crown or bridge to fix existing issues and prevent new ones from surfacing in the future.
A dental crown, or dental cap, covers your damaged tooth and is a solid replacement for a damaged natural tooth. A crown fits just like a natural tooth because it is created from impressions of your tooth. After your crown is in place, your tooth will be stronger and last longer.
Dental Bridges:- Missing teeth not only make talking and chewing more difficult, but they can also cause other problems over time. Teeth adjacent to the space in your mouth can eventually shift into the empty space, which can affect your bite and lead to gum disease or other disorders such as TMJ (temporomandibular joint issues). One way to take care of a gap caused by a missing tooth is with a dental bridge.
A dental crown is used to do any of the following:
To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
To hold a dental bridge in place.
To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left.
To cover a dental implant.
To cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth.
A crown will work just like a healthy tooth. However, crowns can sometimes come loose over time and may need to be replaced or cemented in again. If the decay is near the centre of the tooth and bacteria invade the pulp, the pulp may die. If this happens, the crown may need to be removed and root canal treatment will be needed to eliminate the bacteria and dead pulp.
Permanent crowns can be metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, or completely ceramic.
All-ceramic or all-porcelain dental crowns provide the best natural color match than any other crown type and may be more suitable for people with metal allergies. However, they are not as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and they wear down opposing teeth a little more than metal or resin crowns. All-ceramic crowns are a good choice for front teeth.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns can be color matched to your adjacent teeth unlike the metallic crowns. However, more wearing to the opposing teeth occurs with this crown type compared with metal or resin crowns. The crown's porcelain portion can also chip or break off. Next to all-ceramic crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look most like normal teeth. However, sometimes the metal underlying the crown's porcelain can show through as a dark line, especially at the gum line and even more so if your gums recede. These crowns can be a good choice for front or back teeth.
Metals used in crowns include gold alloy, other alloys (e.g. palladium) or a base-metal alloy (e.g. nickel or chromium). Compared with other crown types, less tooth structure needs to be removed with metal crowns, and tooth wear to opposing teeth is kept to a minimum. Metal crowns withstand biting and chewing forces well and probably last the longest in terms of wear down. Also, they rarely chip or break. The metallic color is the main drawback. Metal crowns are a good choice for out-of-sight molars.
All-resin dental crowns are less expensive than other crown types. However, they wear down over time and are more prone to fractures than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.
Temporary versus permanent. Temporary crowns can be made in a dental practice whereas permanent crowns are made in a dental laboratory. Temporary crowns are made of acrylic or stainless steel and can be used as a temporary restoration until a permanent crown is constructed by the dental laboratory.
Your lips and gums may remain numb for a few hours until the anesthetic wears off. Avoid chewing on your numb lip or cheek to avoid injuring your mouth.book your appointment now
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