A dental crown is one of the most versatile dental devices. Whether a crown is made from stainless steel, porcelain-over-metal, metal alloy, resin, or porcelain only, it can be used during a variety of dental applications. Here are a few ways that your dentist may use a dental crown:
To Cover a Damaged Tooth
A dental crown can be used to structurally support a tooth that has been damaged. Not only does the covering of the tooth help prevent the damage from worsening. It also helps block the invasion of bacteria that could lead to a tooth infection.
There are multiple ways that a tooth can become damaged. For instance, a person may inadvertently bite down on a bone while eating. This could result in a crack or chip that would require the tooth to be reinforced. In addition, dental decay is often a source of structural compromise for a tooth. If a large cavity is found in a tooth, even though the dentist may fill the large hole, the tooth would still need to be covered by a dental crown.
To Stabilize a Fixed Dental Bridge
A dental crown is also a component of a dental bridge. Dental bridges are used to replace one or more teeth that are missing. The bridge includes false teeth and dental crowns. The false teeth are placed in the center of the bridge, and on each side of the false teeth, there is a dental crown. Unlike the false teeth, which actually replace the missing teeth of the patient, the dental crowns are used to secure the fixed dental bridge in place.
The crowns are used to cover the teeth that border the space left by the lost teeth. Just as a dental crown would be bonded to an underlying damaged tooth, the bridge crowns are bonded to the bordering natural teeth. Once the bridge crowns are cemented to the teeth, the fixed dental bridge becomes a permanent appliance for the patient.
To Cover a Dental Implant
A dental implant is another tooth-replacement device. The implant is a piece of metal that is drilled into the bone of the patient's jaw. After the implant is installed, a connector is attached to it, and a dental crown is applied. The implant replaces the dental root of the missing tooth, and the dental crown replaces the natural crown of the tooth. Once the crown has been placed, the patient's tooth replacement is complete. The chewing ability and appearance of the patient's smile is fully restored.
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