When there are issues with the teeth, a dentist performs a variety of procedures to treat them, and one is the placement of dental crown. A crown is a cap that looks like a tooth, and it covers an existing tooth to restore function. A crown protects a tooth and prevents further issues from occurring.
Common reasons for dental crowns
A dentist typically does whatever is necessary to save a natural tooth. The most conservative procedures are also tried before more invasive ones. A dental crown is often recommended when other methods are not adequate to treat the problem.
If there is minor decay of a tooth, a filling is generally enough to fill in the area. However, if the decay is severe and has affected a large part of the tooth, a filling is usually not sufficient. In this case, once all of the decayed material has been removed, a crown is placed over the tooth to cover up the damaged area.
If a tooth has a crack in it, this should not be ignored, even if it does not hurt. A crack allows bacteria to get into the root of the tooth, which would be serious. A crown covers the damaged tooth to prevent decay. A crown may also be recommended if the tooth is chipped. The crown improves the appearance of the tooth because the rough and uneven area can no longer be seen.
If a decaying tooth's infection reaches the pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth. In this procedure, the infection is removed from the canal of the tooth, which contains the blood vessels and nerves. After cleaning the area, it gets a temporary filling. The patient then comes in for a second visit in which a crown is placed. A root canal can weaken a tooth, so the crown strengthens and protects it.
Bridges are one option for missing teeth replacement. The apparatus that holds the fake teeth must be anchored to the neighboring teeth for stability. Dental crowns are often used to support a bridge.
Implants are a common and popular way to replace one or more missing teeth. The procedure takes months and a series of visits to complete. Rods are inserted into the patient's jaw, and these serve as the roots of the teeth. Once the bone has grown sufficiently around the rods, dental crowns are placed on top and serve as the teeth. Because of the solid foundation and the appearance of the crowns, implants look and function like natural teeth.
Dental crowns are used in a variety of procedures. They can be shaped and matched to fit in with the patient's other teeth, so they look natural. Along with providing a nice appearance, crowns help protect the teeth and prevent decay from getting in.
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