Crowns are cappings used to cover damaged teeth. It adds protection and restore the damaged tooth by filling the gap. They are used for a number of conditions including large cavities, root canal, chipped or cracked teeth.
Teeth crowns are usually designed using a mould of the targeted tooth. The cap is usually cemented onto the top of the remaining tooth structure, hence its name crown.
There are a number of conditions that would require teeth crowns.
One of the most common conditions is following the loss of a tooth or having a root canal treatment. A crown is placed on top of the newly inserted artificial root completing the replacement. Chipped or cracked teeth also require crowns, will cover the missing section of your tooth and provide robustness to prevent further damages. Other reasons include replacing a filling, covering over discolored teeth, or to enable inserting a dental bridge.
Teeth crowns offer two major benefits, dental health and a cosmetic appearance. If your back teeth are damaged a crown is required to help prevent further damages, if a chipped or cracked tooth is left without restoration, it is likely to sustain further damages and is susceptible to decay in the cavities.
Unlike your back teeth, when chewing, your front teeth are not usually strained with large amounts of pressure. Therefore chips, cracks or root canals can look rather unsightly on your front teeth. Front teeth crowns make your smile as complete as it can be. Hence, they should always be color matched with the remaining of your teeth.
Dental Bridges are replacements used in case of teeth or root loss; bridges can be used only if the neighboring teeth are still in place. They then “bridge” the gap between two existing teeth.
Bridges are used to prevent your teeth from moving which -if occurred- can lead to further complications such as a bad bite. Furthermore they protect from gum damages and decay. Dental bridges are needed in case of teeth removal, however the surrounding teeth should be healthy and functional.
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