When someone fractures a tooth, has an old filling, sensitivity, has decay or needs root canal treatment, these can all be reasons for needing a crown. Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining of the tooth structure and can even improve and perhaps help your ability to chew and the appearance of your smile. This procedure requires a first visit to prepare the structure, remove any decay and shape the tooth to accept a crown to fit, impressions and fabrication of a temporary crown to secure and protect the prepared tooth. In the second or subsequent visit the dentist removes the temporary crown, adjusts, fits and final cements the permanent crown into place.
When someone looses a tooth it is one of the greatest impacts in dental health and appearance, especially a front tooth. When you have one or more teeth missing, teeth tend to drift out of position which may lead to change in your bite, loss of teeth opposing, decay and gum disease. When losing a tooth your dentist may recommend the placement of a bridge. A bridge is one or more crowns replacing teeth anchored by one or more crowns on each side. During the first visit the dentist prepares teeth on each side of the empty space to receive the crowns and makes impressions of the entire area and makes a temporary transitional bridge to wear until the permanent bridge returns from the lab. Second visit the dentist adjusts and cements the fixed bridge this way having a permanently cemented replacement.
The newest way to replace a single missing tooth or more as an alternative to bridges, partials of dentures. Implants can be made to feel and look like natural teeth. Implants consist of a simple surgical procedure where a metallic titanium object is inserted into the jaw bone to act like a natural tooth-root. Titanium is not recognized by the body’s immune system therefore it is not rejected. It actually integrates with the jawbone to give a firm support to the crown replacement that it will support.
Reasons for implants:
- Not having to deal with falling dentures
- Improving your biting pressure; replacing teeth in empty spaces
- Eliminating teeth from shifting due to open spaces
- The appearance of a permanent smile
Partials and full Dentures:
These are another option to replace missing teeth, in the event that none of the other options are suitable. The partial denture is made up of one or more porcelain or plastic replacement teeth. Gum colored plastic attaches the teeth to a metal framework. The partial is removable therefore it is held in your mouth with metal clasps or precision attachments that help hold the denture frame in place. In this family of dentures there are full dentures upper and lower, where all teeth are replaced or a flipper where one or a few more teeth are replaced in the very front of the mouth. These vary in price and shapes.