A crown is a restoration that covers, or caps, a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size. Its purpose is to strengthen the tooth, as well as improve the appearance of a tooth. Crowns are placed for a variety of reasons. They can restore teeth when there isn’t enough tooth remaining, provide support for large fillings, protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore fractured teeth,cover badly shaped or discolored teeth or cover dental implants.
If you are self-conscious about missing teeth or wearing dentures, there’s an alternative that may be right for you: dental implants. Dental Implants are one option for replacing missing or badly diseased teeth. A dental implant offers comfort and stability and, by virtue of the artificial tooth it supports, is a restoration that is the closest thing to a natural tooth.
What is an Implant?
Implants are manufactured “anchors” that look like cylinders or screws. They are artificial replacements for natural tooth roots. Implants are used in upper and lower jaws. They are made of titanium and other materials that are well-suited to the human body. They attach to the jaw-bone and gum tissue to become a stable base for one or more custom artificial replacement teeth, called dental crowns.
Dental implants have been used for several decades. Patients of all ages have chosen dental implants to replace a single tooth or several teeth or support partial or full dentures. It’s no surprise. Dental implants and their crowns help restore the ability to chew food. They help fill out the face that otherwise could look sunken because of missing teeth. Unlike dentures, implants and crowns are not removed for overnight soaking and cleaning. No adhesives are needed.
Are Implants Right For You?
Who’s a good candidate for the implant treatment? you are if you are in good health and have healthy gums and adequate bone to support an implant. You must be committed to thorough oral hygiene to keep your mouth healthy and to scheduling regular dental visits. Ask your dentist if implants are an option for you.
A fixed dental bridge replaces a space from a missing tooth or teeth. It is called a fixed bridge because it is not removable. A bridge is a structure, supported by teeth on either side of a space. Dental bridges improve your dental health by replacing the missing teeth so you can chew food properly, prevent speech problems, prevent shifting of teeth and can restore lip and facial support.
Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth, changing their color, shape, size, or length.