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There are a number of reasons your dentist may suggest a dental crown to strengthen a tooth. A root canal, decayed, weak, fractured or unsightly teeth are the most common reasons to have a crown put on. Your dentist will begin numbing you so that you do not feel any discomfort. A mold of you teeth will be made to send to the lab to match the tooth the crown will replace and the neighboring teeth. Then, he or she will shave down the affected tooth to ensure a good fit for the crown. It must to easily slide over your existing tooth. After the tooth is prepared, another mold is taken so that a tooth replica can be custom made to fit the tooth that has been ground down. A temporary crown is made and attached in the same visit while your permanent tooth is sent to the lab to be colored and shaped. Your next visit, your dentist will cement the crown and make sure your bite is correct and everything feels and looks comfortable.
There are a few types or crowns offered: resin, all-porcelain or all-ceramic crowns, and porcelain fused to metal crowns. They all have advantages and disadvantages according to personal preference. Resin crowns are often the lowest price option, as they are lightweight and sometimes prone to breakage. They can be quick to insert, but not as durable as porcelain or ceramic crowns. All porcelain or all ceramic crowns look the most natural, so they are often used for the front teeth or others that are more visible in the mouth. They have a tendency to rub on surrounding teeth and can cause damage. They are generally less expensive than porcelain fused to metal crowns. Porcelain fused to metal crowns are exactly as they sound. Your dentist caps your tooth with a metal alloy, and a porcelain layer is then attached to cover the metal so that it is not visible. This strengthens the crown while also matching it to the color of the rest of the teeth. Porcelain fused to metal crowns can sometimes look dark because of the underlying metal.
Dental bridges are similar to crowns in that they are cemented onto the teeth, but they are used to replace more than one tooth that may be damaged or missing. Because they are only removable by a dental professional, they are a long-term solution, as opposed to dentures. They fit better in the mouth and are easier to chew and digest food with. They are placed the same way crowns are, as the surrounding teeth are shaved down to allow the crown to be placed over the teeth and cemented in place. Dental bridges are made of the same porcelain, ceramic and metals that crowns are made of so they will perfectly match your existing teeth.
Sometimes a tooth and a neighboring tooth is not able to be saved and you may opt for dentures. There are many different types of dentures today that are very realistic looking and good for any lifestyle. We will do everything we can to save your tooth and will make sure you know all your options during your consultation.
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