Dental Crowns and Bridges
Dental Crowns: Saving the Integrity of Teeth and Gums
Dental Crowns, also called Caps, are a great tool dentists use to save a damaged tooth.
When a tooth is lost, the part of the tooth under the gum is lost and is not replaced by new bone. The more bone loss, the less structure there is to support facial features, which is why people who loose teeth often appear to have a ‘sunken’ look to their faces.
Dental Crowns are placed over a tooth, which saves both the tooth and the integrity of the bone.
The Need for Dental Crowns
When a tooth is chipped or broken, a dental crown may be the answer to save the tooth and make it look and feel like a natural tooth.
Dental Crowns are used to fix:
- Teeth that are cracked or fractured
- Teeth that are weakened by large cavities
- Teeth that are worn by grinding, acidic foods or acid reflux
- Teeth that have broken by trauma
- Teeth that are discolored, misshapen or badly spaced
- Teeth that have had root canal treatment
Dental Crowns are also used to cover Dental Implants and create Dental Bridges.
Porcelain Ceramic Substrate Crowns
Dental Crowns used to be made of metal, covered with a veneer of porcelain. This type of crown, called Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal (PFM) is still available, but not used often. The metal in PFM crowns dull the look of the crown, can been seen along the gum ridge and can cause allergic reactions in sensitive patients.
Porcelain Ceramic Substrate Crowns are the crowns of choice, because of their esthetics and strength.
All Porcelain and All Ceramic Crowns
All porcelain and all ceramic dental crowns, are the most natural looking crowns that can be made. Porcelain, Zirconia and E-max are materials that have the luster and durability of natural teeth. Because of their esthetic quality, they are especially suited for use in front teeth. Because they are all ceramic and contain no metal, they are useful for patients who have allergies or sensitivities to metal.
Dental Bridges depend on dental crowns for support. When one or more teeth are missing, two crowns are made that go on either side of the prosthetic teeth.
Dental Bridges are a good way to fill in the space created by a missing tooth.
Planning and Paying for Dental Crowns
Many insurance companies pay a large portion of the cost of dental crowns.
Find out if dental crowns or bridges are an option for you, contact us for an appointment.