Taking good care of your teeth is the best way to prevent the need for dental work, but sometimes teeth still become damaged or decayed. When damage to a tooth extends beyond the outer tooth enamel, it is not always possible to repair it with a filling. In some situations, a dental crown is needed in order to remove tooth decay and restore the tooth’s strength and function.
What Is A Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a custom-made, strong and durable “cap” which is placed onto a prepared tooth, providing a reliable and long-lasting tooth restoration. When tooth decay is extensive, or a portion of the tooth has broken, the tooth is weakened. With a dental crown, the weakened tooth can be restored, providing a restoration that can function properly and prolong the life of the tooth.
Dr. Babaloui will examine your damaged tooth and x-rays to determine the need for a dental crown. The tooth will be prepared by removing the decay and shaping the tooth to receive a crown. Then, an impression will be taken and used to create a custom-fitted temporary crown that can be worn until the final, permanent crown is ready. The permanent crown is made from strong, durable materials which may include strong metal, porcelain or a porcelain fused to metal. The final crown is made to be a perfect fit, and will match the surrounding teeth to provide a natural looking restoration.
When a permanent tooth is lost, it is very important to replace it. Missing teeth cause changes in your bite that can damage your remaining teeth, increasing the chance of further tooth loss. Missing teeth can also cause problems with self-confidence and concerns about appearance. The most successful and permanent method of tooth replacement is with a dental implant, but this is not always the best option for every patient.
Dr. Babaloui will guide you through your options for tooth replacement. In some cases, a dental bridge is the proper solution for a missing tooth. A dental bridge provides a stable, reliable method of tooth replacement that is not removable.
What Is A Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is made up of two dental crowns, which are placed on the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth space. The crowns support a false tooth in the middle. The entire bridge extends over at least 3 teeth, and may rely upon the support of more teeth, depending on your dental health and habits. Unlike a partial denture, a dental bridge is placed using permanent cement, and cannot be removed. It is a stable restoration that is fixed in place. The most important thing a patient can do to ensure the success and longevity of a dental bridge is to maintain good oral hygiene, healthy gums and regular dental cleanings.
For more information about dental crowns or bridges,
contact your Carrollton dentist to schedule a consultation.
Dental Crowns and Bridges
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