Dental crowns are most commonly done after a large filling wears out or after a root canal treatment. The crown will be needed most if the hole made by the cavity is large. Dental crowns are full coverage restorations that can be used to cover a tooth that may be on the brink of breaking, or is too broken to be restored with filling.
Dental Crowns that are placed on a weak tooth prevents the tooth from breakage by providing strength and can help to prevent a cracked or broken tooth which is seen as more difficult to treat.Using Dental crowns can also provide you with a nice smile.
In order to restore a tooth with a crown, two appointments are needed. The first appointment will consist of removing any decay from the tooth and shaping the tooth to accept the crown. After that an impression of the tooth is made in order to create the crown. The crown is made of an all ceramic material, gold or usually of high strength porcelain over gold alloy. The temporary crown is worn until the second visit. During the second appointment the temporary crown is removed. The permanent dental crown is then adjusted according the tooth and then cemented into place.
If you require a more intense solution than a crown, or you need more that one tooth to be restored, then what you really need is a Bridge.
Bridges are made from a special metal which gives them a solid structure. Normally if a Bridge is needed on your front teeth that show when you smile, porcelain will be added to make the base look more like real teeth.
Some bridges can be fixed to your jaw with dental implants – this normally depends if you have a few teeth next to each other that are missing.
A bridge helps to strengththen the teeth and makes it easier to chew and eat.
Once you have a bridge installed, you need to take more care of your daily dental hygiene to ensure your mouth remains plaque free in order to prevent bad breath.
Dentures are removable false teeth made of acrylic (plastic) or metal.
They are normally installed snugly over the gums to replace missing teeth and eliminate potential problems caused by gaps.
There are 2 types of dentures : complete dentures and partial dentures.
Gaps left by missing teeth can cause problems with eating and speech.
Its also said that teeth either side of the gap may grow into the space at an angle.
This can sometimes lead to a situation where all the teeth need to be removed and replaced.
You may therefore need either:
Complete Dentures (a full set), which replace all your upper or lower teeth, or
Partial Dentures, which replace just one or a few missing teeth
Dentures can help prevent the above problems and, if complete dentures are needed, can improve the appearance of your smile, fill out your face and give you confidence.
Have you lost most of your teeth ?
Bridges and Dentures are not the only solutions.
Modern dentistry offers another solution known as dental implants.
Dental implants are small metal screws that are placed in the jaw so that crowns, bridges and dentures can be fixed onto them.
A dental implant is normally used to support false teeth. It is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth when it fails. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone.Implants are quite safe to have and have been tested. If you look after them they can last a long time.
Similar to real teeth, implants can develop coatings to the like of those found on normal teeth, which can then lead to gum infection, bleeding etc.