In the case of damaged or imperfect teeth, crowns provide a solution to maintain a good look and prevent from further dental problems.
Crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants and which can only be removed by a dentist. They are normally used to cover or straighten damaged teeth or to enhance its appearance, shape or alignment. Crowns can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function.
The attachment of a crown can be recommended to replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining; to protect a weak tooth from fracturing; to attach a bridge; to restore a fractured tooth; or to cover a dental implant, a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth or one that has had a root canal treatment. In all these cases, the crown not only offers an aesthetic solution to damaged or missing teeth but also improves the function and general condition of the patient’s dental health.
In the case of implants of teeth by dental bridge and crowns are needed to form the new tooth, called pontiac, as well as to cover the adjacent ones once their own crowns have been removed. Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth in order to prevent bad bite, gum disease and temporomandubular joint disorders caused by the realignment of the remaining teeth consequent to the gap. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or to implants surrounding the empty space, which serve as anchors. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the colour of the patient’s teeth.
A more permanent solution for damaged teeth replacement is the use of dental implants. These consist on a false root made of titanium which is inserted into the jaw bone. When the titanium root has properly healed and fused to the bone that will support it, a crown is attached on top of the implant to give it the appearance and function proper to a natural tooth. When taken good care of, the implant will last a lifetime without need of further replacement. Crowns are the easiest, quickest way to repair imperfect or damaged tooth. They take the form of an artificial covering which is placed over the existing tooth to restore its appearance and its ability to function. Crowns can be made of porcelain or ceramic and matched to the natural colour of the patient’s teeth. There are, however, alloys of gold, metal, acrylic or ceramic, which have proven generally stronger than porcelain and may me recommended in some cases, mainly for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is sometimes used because of it offers both strength and aesthetic attractiveness.
Repairing damaged teeth means great improvement not only to the general appearance of a patient but also to his dental health.