Restore Your Smile With A Dental Crown
Accidents happen all the time.
People get into car accidents. People fall while doing work around their homes.
And sometimes people injure their teeth.
You may not be as quick on the ice or the field as you used to be, and it only takes one wrong move for you to chip or break a tooth or two.
Fortunately, you live near Rochester, MI, so you are close to a dentist office that does a lot of restorative dental care.
You can call Hubbard & Leath Dental to make an appointment to get a dental crown or a dental bridge to replace your damaged or missing teeth.
What A Dental Crown Is
Our teeth are roughly divided in half. The top half is the part that we can see. This is the crown of your tooth.
It’s the part that you show off when you are smiling at someone, and it’s the part that you use to bite and chew your food.
When something happens to one or more of our crowns, it can affect us physically and emotionally. Depending on the type of chip or break, you may find that you have more difficulty eating certain things. If the break is deep, it could expose your tooth to a greater risk of infection or tooth decay.
Emotionally, many people become self-conscious is something is wrong with one or more of their teeth. You may feel ashamed or embarrassed to smile, which can affect how you are perceived by the people around you as well.
A dental crown is made to restore or replace the natural crown of a tooth. It’s helpful in a number of situation:
• Chipped teeth
• Broken teeth
• Decayed teeth
• Discolored teeth
Our dental crowns are made of porcelain. This material is solid and durable, and it looks as close to a natural tooth as it can be.
Dental Crown Procedure
The procedure for getting a dental crown is similar whether your tooth is discolored, decayed, or damaged.
The first step is removing parts of the tooth that don’t look how they should. By doing this, we create space for the dental crown to fit, and we form the healthy parts of the tooth into an abutment. This is where your dental crown will be bonded to your tooth.
We may place a temporary crown on your tooth while your permanent crown is being made. This will protect your tooth until we are able to bond the permanent crown where it is supposed to be.
How To Replace A Missing Tooth
There are two ways we can restore your smile is you lose a tooth. The first is a dental bridge.
A dental bridge is composed of multiple dental crowns that have been fused together. The procedure for getting a traditional bridge is similar to the procedure for a dental crown.
This difference is that we reshape the teeth on either side of your missing tooth. This is where we will place the abutment crowns (the crowns in the ends of the dental bridge).
The crown in the center of the bridge will fill in the empty space in your smile.
Another way to replace a missing tooth is to use the combination of a dental crown and a dental implant.
Implants replace the roots of your teeth. Roots are the bottom half of your teeth. They are hidden behind your gums and anchored in your jawbone.
Implants are placed directly into your jaw as well, and the implant will serve as an anchor to hold your dental crown securely in place. Together, your implant and crown will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.
How To Replace Multiple Teeth
Just as you can lose a single tooth, you can lose multiple teeth as well. Again you have a couple options to restore your smile.
A dental bridge can be created in the same way as the bridge used to replace a single missing tooth. This bridge would contain more crowns, however.
Another option is to make an implant-supported bridge. This way, we don’t have to remove the parts of teeth that may be healthy. Instead, we place one or more implants into your jaw and those implants provide the support to keep your dental bridge in place.
Keep Smiling For Years To Come
Getting a dental crown or dental bridge (perhaps with the support of dental implants) can help you maintain your chewing ability and your confidence in your smile.