If you have a severely damaged tooth, dental crowns are often the most effective restorative dental treatment available. While fillings, inlays and onlays are good for treating decay, while dental crowns protect a structurally weak tooth from further damage.
A natural tooth is important for more than eating and speaking. Each tooth plays an important role in the health of your gums and jaws. When you chew the pressure exerted in your bite stimulates the jawbone, which helps to maintain healthy jawbone. When you lose a tooth this adversely affects jawbone health. Each tooth plays a role in the health of the teeth around it. When you lose a tooth the teeth on either side of the gap will eventually start to shift in order to close the gap. This leads to crooked teeth and a bad bite.
By protecting a tooth with a dental crown not only do you help to prevent the need for that tooth to be extracted, you are also looking after the rest of your health.
This restorative treatment takes three appointments.
Dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials depending on which tooth is being treated. For most teeth porcelain-on-metal or porcelain-on-gold is the preferred option. This is because metal and gold are much stronger than porcelain so these materials can withstand the pressure of your bite. A layer of porcelain is placed over the metal or gold for aesthetic reasons.
If looked after, dental crowns can last between 8 to 10 years. As with all restorative treatments we strongly recommend you visit Carnegie Dental Group so we may monitor the health of your restoration as well as your overall oral health.
A dental bridge is made of two dental crowns and a false tooth fused together. This restorative treatment is more affordable than dental implant treatment and an effective tooth replacement option. The procedure is similar to dental crown with the exception that two teeth will be prepared instead of one. Similar to dental crowns, a dental bridge will last up to 8 to 10 years depending on how well they are looked after.
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