Cincinnati and Blue Ash Ohio
Dental crowns are a perfect example of how dentistry is an art as well as a science. A crown is a covering that is placed over a damaged, decayed or unattractive tooth. It can even take the place of a tooth as part of dental bridgework.
A crown completely covers a tooth above the gum line. This is different from a dental veneer, which only covers part of the tooth and needs the support of the natural tooth structure. If a tooth is missing a decent amount of structure above the gum line, a crown will be the best fix.
Crowns give strength to teeth that are damaged, allowing them to have their healthy functions again. Crowns are indistinguishable from natural teeth because they are crafted from today’s high tech porcelain. They can even be made to improve the look of the original tooth.
Porcelain isn’t the only material we can use to make dental crowns, depending on the importance of the qualities. If you are looking for durability, you can’t beat the qualities of cast gold. However, this is not always the most visual choice, especially when placed towards the front of the mouth. Some other possibilities are porcelain fused to metal crowns, which have a metal interior for strength and a porcelain exterior for a more natural looking finish, and all porcelain crowns with zirconia, which is the strongest ceramic.
Crowning or Capping a Tooth
Crowning or capping a tooth will usually take tow to three visits. Your tooth will be prepared to receive its new crown at your first visit. The tooth is formed to fit inside the new covering. Some drilling will be involved to give the tooth the ideal shape. The area around the tooth and the tooth itself will be numbed beforehand. The tooth may have to be built up with filling material, rather than filled down, to support the crown if there is very little tooth structure left to begin with.
After the prepping of the tooth, imprints of your teeth are taken, either digitally or with the reliable, putty-like imprint materials, and sent to a dental lab. Highly skilled lab technicians will use these models as guides to ensure that your new crown is designed to improve your smile and function well within your bite.
A temporary crown will be given to you until the permanent crown is ready before you leave the office. At your second visit, your permanent crown will be placed on your tooth with either a hardening resin, or a permanent cement.
Creating a Bridge
Crowns can also be used to make a realistic replacement for a missing tooth. This is performed with bridgework, which covers the space of the missing tooth and requires at least three crowns. Two crowns will be put on either side of the missing tooth, on top of the healthy teeth. These healthy teeth are known as abutment teeth. The abutment teeth create support, so that a third crown can be placed between them. The third crown is called a pontic. More crowns will be used to fill in the gap between the abutment teeth.
The number of missing teeth, the size and length of the abutment tooth roots, the amount of bone support each abutment tooth has, as well as where the missing tooth is located influences the number of abutment teeth necessary to replace missing teeth. For example, if a seven-tooth bridge is needed, four abutment teeth may be needed to support three missing teeth. Knowledge in the biology of the supporting gum and bone tissue. An understanding of how to replace teeth is needed for the engineering and designing of the bridge.
Caring for Your Crowns & Bridgework
The same care you give to your healthy teeth is required for crowns and bridgework. Flossing between all your teeth, restored and natural will reduce the buildup of plaque. Maintaining a regular cleaning schedule at the dental office, I important when you have crowns. Wearing a night guard is a to protect your teeth, and investment is a good idea if you have a grinding habit. Also, avoid using your teeth as a tool to open things.
To learn more about tooth crown and bridge work or to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Levy. Contact our office today! We are located at 9608 Kenwood Rd. in Cincinnati Ohio and serve patients in the Cincinnati and Blue Ash areas.