Grinding your teeth, an improper bite, age, fillings, and tooth decay can all be contributing factors in the wearing down, cracking, or breakage of your teeth. Dental crowns cover the entire visible surface of your affected tooth and add strength, durability, and tooth stability. Your dentist will usually be able to spot problem areas in your mouth that might lead to tooth damage and a need for crowns. By selectively grinding the tips of your middle and back teeth (called cusps), your bite can be altered to reduce the stress on at-risk teeth.
In areas of your mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. Bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues, and even improve your speech. Bridges require your commitment to serious oral hygiene.
Your dentist will make an impression of the tooth and a dental laboratory will create the crown within three weeks. You will typically leave the office with a temporary crown while the permanent crown is being made. The permanent crown is then cemented onto your tooth. Typically, only two visits are required for this part of the procedure. Often, a preliminary restoration of your tooth may be needed before a crown can be placed. To stabilize your tooth, a filling must first be put in place prior to placing a crown due to the loss of original tooth structure.
Tooth crowns add a good deal of strength to weakened or worn teeth. Depending on your habits and the condition of your gums, however, there can be some drawbacks. Your cosmetic dentist will recommend which type of crown is best for you. Many factors are considered, including the importance of appearance to you. The following are advantages and disadvantages of the most common types of crowns.
At your second appointment, the temporary bridge will be removed. The permanent bridge will be fitted, checked, and adjusted for any bite discrepancies. Your new bridge will then be cemented to your teeth.
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