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Crowns, Bridge, Implant, Veneers

Dental Crowns

Do I Need a Crown when My Filling Wears Out?

When a filling reaches the end of its life, it’s time to consider an alternative. Usually it’s best to switch to a crown. Unlike a filling, a crown covers and protects a damaged tooth and can keep it from breaking.

Why does a large cavity need a crown?

We can usually restore small cavities with fillings. However, when a large portion of your tooth has been damaged by decay, we’ll need to remove a significant amount of the tooth in order to remove all the decay. When a tooth loses much of its natural structure, it also loses much of its support and strength. As a result, it can easily fracture, or a portion of it can break away entirely.

Dental Bridge

A bridge is also known as a fixed partial denture is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants.

Do You Need a Bridge?

Like other things, teeth need each other for support. When one tooth is lost, the biting force changes on the teeth next to the space, and they begin to shift. When a tooth no longer has anything to chew against, it begins to extrude out of the socket. You can eventually end up losing the tooth.

Dental Implant

What is an implant?

An implant is thin metal cylinder surgically implanted into the bone of the jaw to replace the root of a missing tooth. One kind of implant has a metal frame and one or more posts. The frame is positioned on the jawbone, and then covered with gum tissue so that the pin(s) protrude into the mouth.

Another kind of implant has a metal “root” that is anchored in the jawbone and a pin that protrudes into the mouth. Pins for both kinds of implants can secure a single crown or a complete denture. Since the success of an implant is directly related to the skill of the dentist, be sure to ask your dentist if she has had implant training.

Veneers

Veneers are used to change the color and shape of your teeth by applying thin pieces of plastic or porcelain to the front of your teeth. Therefore veneers have a longer life expectancy and color constancy then bonding. Veneers are also resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea and cigarette smoke.

When getting veneers, there are three main appointments: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding. Once bonded to your teeth veneers are irreversible due to the removal of a small amount of enamel. Before getting veneers, consult your dentist.