Many patients do not warm up to the idea of crowning teeth. This is because there is a popular rumor that crowning needs teeth to be shaven down to a tiny peg. Amazing Smiles puts an end to this myth and helps patients avail of the restorative benefits of crowns.
Teeth have to be crowned when the outer layer (known as enamel) becomes weak or severely compromised. This might be due to a fracture or even decay. It is impossible for weakened enamel to provide the tooth with the protection it needs. Eventually, this affects the functioning ability of the tooth.
A crown acts as a new protective shell for the tooth and so fulfills the duties of natural enamel. At My Smiles Center, we give patients the choice of all-porcelain crowns or gold crowns. Patients who wish to hide the fact that they are wearing crowns can opt for the all-porcelain crowns which resemble natural tooth enamel.
Depending on the type of treatment you have received for your dental problem, it might be necessary to:
- Have your tooth restored to its original size and shape
- Supply additional physical support for the treated tooth
- Get a complete “makeover” on the affected tooth
For cases like these, a crown is the most logical option.
While inlays and onlays cover the chewing surface of the tooth and fillings fill in the empty interior space of the tooth, crowns completely cover every visible part of the tooth – which is why they are sometimes referred to as “caps.” A part of your tooth remains but is essentially “rebuilt” to resemble the tooth at its exterior best.
While porcelain crowns certainly can improve the look of a tooth or multiple teeth, it is recommended only in conjunction with prior repair of the tooth – not simply for cosmetic purposes.
My Smiles team can provide you with plenty of reasons to smile – even if you are wearing crowns! Visit My Smiles Center today to find out how you can bring back that beautiful smile.
Crowns & Bridges
Decaying or damaged teeth can be detrimental to your appearance and self-esteem. There are several options available to you when you decide to replace a lost or decayed tooth. We understand that sometimes making this decision can be difficult. That’s why we take the time to provide valuable information to each of our patients, answer any questions they may have, and work together to find a dental solution that is right for them.
For many of our patients, using a crown or bridge is the most practical and affordable way to regain the function of a missing or damaged tooth. In order to create replacements that both look and work like natural teeth, we use NobelProcera technology to scan a mold of your teeth and digitally create a replica. From the digital image, we produce a veneered replicate that is indistinguishable from any other tooth. Your new crown or bridge will be crafted to suit your individual smile.
If you decide to get a crown, your dentist will make a mold of the original tooth and install a temporary crown. On your second visit, your dentist will install the permanent crown on your tooth. For a bridge (which replaces missing teeth), your dentist will prepare the teeth next to the missing tooth for their crowns, then take a mold and place a temporary bridge on your teeth. On your next visit, the individualized bridge will be fitted onto your teeth. If you want to improve your bite, smile, or dental health, call My Smiles Center today. She will be happy to discuss your options for replacing damaged, decayed, or missing teeth with a crown or bridge.
What Are Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges?
A dental crown is an artificial tooth-shaped cap that is used when a tooth needs to be covered after a root canal treatment or a broken tooth. The primary purpose of a dental crown is to restore the look and function of the original tooth. When it is properly cemented into place, the crown encases the complete exposed part of the tooth that lies above the gum line.
A dental crown helps to preserve a weak tooth against decay or damage. It can also hold together a cracked tooth to prevent it from breaking completely. If a tooth has been badly worn due to any reason, the crown can restore its appearance and function. In case the tooth is missing or has been extracted, the crown plays a vital role to cover the dental implant that results in an excellent replacement for the lost tooth.
The key objective of a crown is to preserve the existing tooth structure as far as possible and restore the damage in a very conservative manner. Crowns can be made in different materials, including gold alloy, base metal alloy, porcelain, and composite resin material. Metal-based crowns, especially gold alloys are the strongest. These are used for the teeth located towards the back of the mouth so that they are not visible while talking.
A tooth bridge refers to the unit that fixes the missing tooth in the middle to the adjacent teeth. Two adjacent teeth act as a support for the missing tooth in this case. The bridge is the traditional dental technology to replace a missing tooth. But its drawback is that it may compromise two healthy adjacent teeth to some extent because it needs to use them as anchors. Overall, bridges and crowns are comprehensive solutions for patients suffering from missing, worn out or broken teeth.
When Is A Crown Necessary?
Dental crowns are an artificial tooth-shaped restoration that helps to restore the appearance and function of a natural tooth that has been lost, damaged or worn out due to disease or injury. Crowns have become the most common form of dental treatment in most cases where a tooth needs to be replaced or supported with a cap.
The crown becomes necessary in the following circumstances:
When the tooth has been damaged due to infection
A tooth infection or decaying process may begin if the patient is maintaining good oral hygiene, or is suffering from a disease that may trigger the decay. If early intervention is not sought to stop the infection, the tooth structure may suffer damage due to the infection reaching up to the roots. This is when a crown may be required to restore the tooth structure, following a root canal treatment.
When the tooth is lost or damaged due to injury or accident
Sometimes a tooth may get badly damaged in a serious accident or injury to the mouth. Depending upon the extent of the injury and the tooth’s response, it may require a crown to support and preserve the tooth structure. Or, if the tooth needs extraction, it may have to be replaced with a dental implant and a crown.
When the tooth is cracked or chipped
Crown may also be used in a situation where the basic tooth structure is intact, but some part of the tooth has been broken or chipped. The crown would help to restore the full function of the tooth and make it more pleasing from an aesthetic point of view as well. Crowns are also used if the previous restoration did not produce the desired results or is defective. Crown is an excellent solution with a high success rate and millions of satisfied users around the world.