When teeth damage is substantial and a conventional filling would be too large for the teeth to hold, crowns can help to restore them. They provide protection against wedging forces while masticating, preventing crack lines, fractures and sometimes, tooth loss. Fortunately, many of these problems can be fixed with this technique. Crowns can be used as a long-lasting solution for major dental problems.
How long does the process take?
- Crowning a tooth requires at least two visits. First, we will remove decay (if any), prepare the tooth, take an impression and make a temporary crown
- On the second visit, we will remove the temporary crown and fit and adjust the final restoration. Once you approve the look and the bite is verified, we will cement the crown into place, and you will be on your way home.
- Replaces missing tooth structure
- Restores functional chewing problems
- Can restore completely worn teeth, giving you a beautiful smile
- Porcelain fused to metal
- Metal (rarely used)
The higher strength of the porcelain fused metal crowns is recommended for back molars. Front teeth can be restored with all porcelain crowns. These have a more natural look, due to their optic properties. New improvements on dental porcelains, including aluminum and zirconia reinforcements, now allow us to even used all porcelain crowns on posteriors teeth without compromising the crown’s strength.
Crack Tooth Syndrome
Some patients experience unexplained pain on their back teeth. Mainly upon chewing. This is commonly caused by hairline cracks from filled back teeth. Crowning these teeth relieves the pain and allowing these patients to function with no discomfort.
Bridges are used to close spaces produced by missing teeth. In order to close these, the teeth next to the space are prepared for full coverage. Then, a solid restoration, extending from one tooth the the other, bridges the space. This technique helps to restore oral functionality and appearance. Bridges can help to support your lips and cheeks, preventing your mouth from sinking in and your face from looking older. Teeth complement each other. If some of them are missing, the gums and other oral tissues can be placed potentially harmful situations, causing periodontal disease and TMJ problems.
By Bolivar Luperon