If you have teeth that are unattractive and/or badly damaged, dental crowns can help restore them to full function and brilliance. Dental crowns are usually used to repair damage, but they can be used for cosmetic purposes. Dental crowns can also support dental bridges that replace a missing tooth.
To learn whether a dental crown is the right restoration for you, please call (845) 783-6466 today for an appointment with a Harriman dentist at Harriman Family Dental.
What Dental Crowns Can Do
Dental crowns are very versatile restorations. They can be used in many situations, such as:
- Restoring a badly decayed tooth
- Replacing a large filling
- Repairing a cracked tooth
- Covering a tooth after root canal therapy
- Covering a discolored tooth
- Building up a small tooth
- Covering a dental implant
- Supporting a dental bridge
Dental crowns are used whenever we need to strengthen or protect your natural tooth. For small amounts of decay, we will use white fillings, but when the decay threatens the structure of your tooth, a dental crown can be used to make your tooth strong again. Sometimes you were given a large filling that was stable for a while, but how has weakened the tooth or experienced decay around it. If we can’t replace it with a larger filling, we will use a dental crown.
Minor chips and small cracks might be a cosmetic problem, and will be addressed with dental bonding or porcelain veneer. But if a crack has seriously damaged a tooth and put it at risk of failure, a dental crown will be used to support and strengthen the tooth.
If a crack or decay penetrates into the pulp chamber of your teeth, it can be contaminated by bacteria. A root canal is recommended to eliminate the risk of infection, and once the root canal has been performed, the tooth is topped with a dental crown to protect and strengthen it.
Although most uses for dental crowns are reconstructive, dental crowns can be used for cosmetic purposes, too. If a tooth has been badly discolored from within, possibly because of trauma, a metal amalgam filling, or defects in the enamel, a dental crown can be used when the tooth isn’t sound or if it needs to be completely covered. A dental crown is also recommended for building up a small tooth like a peg lateral or retained baby tooth.
Dental crowns can also be used to help replace a missing tooth. A dental implant is just an artificial root, it’s the dental crown that replaces the visible part of the tooth. A dental crown is also placed over your neighboring teeth to support dental bridges.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a very good tooth replacement option. As you might expect, a dental bridge is used to bridge a gap in your teeth. It’s an artificial tooth that is supported by two dental crowns covering the teeth on either side of the gap. In the past, dental bridges were sometimes made longer, with two or even three replacement teeth. Or sometimes they were made with a support tooth on only one side (called a cantilevered bridge), but these have higher failure rates, and dental implants are better in these situations.
Dental bridges offer many benefits:
- Fully fixed in your mouth–not removable
- Good function–eat all your favorite foods
- Very attractive
However, they do have some limitations:
- Require us to remove structure from potentially healthy teeth
- May put healthy teeth at risk of failure
- Don’t support your jawbone and gums
Whether a dental bridge or a dental implant is better to replace a missing tooth will depend on the health of the site and the health of the teeth adjacent, as well as your cosmetic and longer-term care goals.
Do You Need a Dental Crown or Dental Bridge?
If you are looking for a skilled and compassionate dentist in Harriman to provide a dental crown or dental bridge, please call (845) 783-6466 or email us today for an appointment at Harriman Family Dental.