Dentals Crowns – Restoring Damaged Teeth
A crown (also called a “cap”) helps keep what’s left of a damaged tooth and maintains bone health and nerve function. Crowns are most often used to:
- Restore broken teeth
- Support a tooth that is weakened by a large filling, or several smaller ones
- Rebuild a tooth after a root canal
- Correct a bite
- Improve the appearance of a discolored tooth
- Cover a dental implant
- Provide support for bridgework
To create a crown, which is basically a hollow, artificial tooth, a dentist, will take an impression of your bite, shape the tooth that needs a crown, and then take another impression in order to create a well-fitting crown. The crown is created, and then cemented to your tooth.
When Would I Need a Dental Bridge?
Gaps from missing teeth can impact your bite, your appearance, and your speech. Remaining teeth can shift, causing further disruption, pain and an increased likelihood of gum disease. A dental bridge solves these problems by filling the space with an artificial tooth that is anchored to your natural teeth.
You’ll typically need crowns on the teeth that will support the bridge, and getting a bridge is similar to having a crown applied: the process involves making impressions, shaping the teeth and fitting the bridge.