How A Dental Crown Can Help Address Tooth Loss
Posted July 28, 2016 by Wager-Evans Dental
Many people will walk away from restorative dental work with a dental crown. Crowns serve as protectors of vulnerable teeth, and are actually durable enough to do that tooth’s job in its stead. Placing a dental crown involves the creation of a custom-fitted unit to place over your tooth. Your dentist will do work to prepare the tooth to have the crown fitted. However, dental crowns can do more than save a problem tooth. They can also be used to restore your smile after tooth loss. You may need dental crowns to help support a replacement tooth that will be provided. If you receive a dental implant, a dental crown can be created to serve as your replacement tooth.
A dental bridge is a contruct that involves two crowns, and a replacement tooth. If you need to replace multiple adjacent teeth, you can multiple pontics (replacement teeth) in your bridge. The teeth surrounding your gap are crowned – the replacement tooth is connected between those crowns, which hold it in place. The crowns offer a strong enough hold to enable you to bite and chew with your replacement tooth.
The dental implant itself is not a replacement tooth – it is more like a replacement for your tooth root. The implant is surgically placed into your jawbone, and a crown is connected to it once your dentist confirms the implant is healed enough for this to take place. A porcelain crown will have a tooth-like appearance, and will enjoy root-like support from your implant.