Dental crowns are a preferred tool for dentist’s because they can address so many dental health and cosmetic issues. Dental crowns are placed over the existing structure of a natural tooth to protect it. They are also designed to look and function just like a natural tooth. Not only can dental crowns provide recovery for damaged teeth on their own, but they can also be combined with dental prosthetics to rebuild your smile after tooth loss. Dental crowns fit into dental bridges and hold them in place, giving them the stability they need to function.
Dental Crowns Hold Each End of a Dental Bridge Together
Dental bridges are made up of replacement teeth. These replacement teeth are also known as “pontics.” The pontics of a dental bridge are designed to look and feel like natural teeth, but on their own, they can’t stay in place. They are held in place by dental crowns. The series of replacement teeth in a dental bridge is bookended by dental crowns. The crowns fit over the existing natural tooth structure on each side of the teeth being replaced. The crowns hold the prosthetics in place and allow you to bite and chew with your dental bridge.
Dental Crowns Can Only Cap Teeth with Healthy Structure
For a dental bridge to function, it needs dental crowns. Those dental crowns can only be effective if they are capping teeth that have a healthy structure in place. To set a dental crown, your dentist will sculpt the existing tooth structure to hold the crown, but your roots will stay in tact. If the roots of your tooth have become damaged by bacterial infection, you’ll need root canal therapy to repair them. If you wait too long for this treatment, the tooth may become unsalvageable, and it may require extraction.
Dental Crowns Also Fit Over Dental Implants
When a dental crown is placed over a natural tooth, your dentist has to sculpt that tooth to allow the crown to fit. If you replace a missing tooth with a dental implant, the mechanic is virtually the same. Dental implants are titanium posts that your dentist can place into your jawbone. This placement recreates the structure that tooth roots have. That makes dental implants the strongest prosthetic option, but they still need a functional chewing surface after they heal. Dental crowns are used to fit over dental implants and complete the prosthetic.
If Your Teeth Have Been Damaged or Lost, Dental Crowns May Help
Whether it’s as part of root canal therapy or completing a dental prosthetic, dental crowns can help you recover after your teeth have been damaged. If your teeth are causing your pain, or they have physically broken, contact your dentist as soon as possible. To set up an appointment at Melrose Dental Arts, contact our Vista, CA office by calling 760-724-9117.