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What Can A Crown Do For You?

In our previous post, we wrote about the value of dental sealants as a way to protect your teeth. Today, we are discussing how you can repair or replace teeth that have been damaged.

In a perfect world, you would keep all your adult teeth from the moment they erupt and for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, we live in a world where people get cavities, where people have accidents, and where sometimes people’s teeth get worn down.

Fortunately, dental crowns and bridges are great ways to keep your smile looking its best, even if your teeth are a little worse for wear.

Crowns and bridges are two of the many restorative dental services we offer for our patients in and around Cincinnati. Keeping your mouth healthy is our priority at Anderson Dental Care, even if sometimes that means replacing your tooth instead.

Why Do People Get Dental Crowns?

A dental crown can be used to repair a tooth that has been damaged or to replace a tooth, if needed. Here are a few of the ways we can use crowns to help you:

  • Decayed Tooth — If you have tooth decay, it makes your teeth weak. This can affect your ability to bite into and chew up your food. Decay can also change the appearance of your tooth. Decayed teeth can become brown or have dark spots that look black. This isn’t a good look, especially when the rest of your teeth are pearly white.
  • Root Canal Procedure — If an infection gets into the pulp inside your teeth, we may need to perform a root canal treatment. To do this, we need to create an opening in your tooth. Sometimes we can cap this with an overlay; other times a dental crown is a more appropriate cover.
  • Damaged Tooth — Let’s say you were playing basketball with some friends. Let’s say you and another player were fighting for position when he or she accidentally elbowed you and chipped one of your teeth. This is another time when a dental crown could be used to restore the appearance of your tooth.
  • Discolored Tooth — Sometimes teeth become severely stained due to poor oral hygiene or due to a particularly bad habit (like smoking or using smokeless tobacco products). A dental crown can be used to change the appearance of that tooth for the better.
  • Missing Tooth — Sometimes teeth fall out or get knocked out. Sometimes teeth become so damaged that they need to be pulled out. In either case, a dental crown can be placed on a dental implant to restore the appearance of a and the function of your missing tooth.
  • Misshapen Tooth — It’s not fair, but sometimes people have a tooth that didn’t grow like it should. A dental crown can replace that tooth to give your smile a more uniform appearance.

Dental bridges can do the same things as dental crowns. The difference is that crowns are meant to repair or replace a single tooth, while dental bridges replace multiple teeth.

How Crowns Are Placed

If you do need a dental crown, here’s what we’ll do. First, we will reshape your tooth by removing the parts that are damaged, decayed, or discolored.

We make an abutment for your crown with the healthy parts of your tooth. Your dental crown is made to fit over the abutment.

To make a dental bridge, we follow a similar process. First, we reshape two teeth to serve as abutments. Two crowns will be placed on the abutments to serve as an anchor for your bridge. We bond one or more artificial teeth to those crowns to make your bridge.

Modern dental crowns and bridges can be made with a variety of materials.

If you want a more realistic looking crown, we can use solid porcelain. If you want a stronger crown, we can use metals. Or we can bond porcelain to metal to give you a crown that looks real but is sturdier than one made of solid porcelain.

No matter which material you choose, your crown or bridge will restore your ability to eat the foods that you enjoy.

We Are Here To Help

In a real way, we hope you will never need a dental crown or bridge. But if you do, just know they are among the many services we offer for our patients at Anderson Dental Care in Cincinnati.

If you think you might need a crown or bridge, we would be glad to examine your teeth to see what treatment options could help you. Call (513) 231-7755 or use our online form to make an appointment.