Dental brides and dental crowns are commonly used dental appliances that can help repair a damaged tooth or replace a missing tooth.
Dental crowns are used to cover a tooth that is having issues, whether it is decay, cracking, fracturing, or discoloration. Crowns are heavy duty and made from a natural looking porcelain, so they very successfully replace a tooth in looks and in strength. They can be made to naturally match the surround tooth or to be a whiter shade if the crown is also used as a cosmetic enhancement. Additional reasons that your dentist may recommend a dental crown:
Upon the first visit, your dentist will prepare the tooth that is receiving the crown by removing any decay or tooth parts that need to be removed. An impression is then made that can be used to hand craft the customized crown at a lab. In the interim, a temporary crown is placed. When the permanent version is ready, they can be swapped out.
Crowns can’t fix oral health, and if care is not taken, your crown may not last. A crown that is successfully taken care of through proper oral hygiene can last from 5 – 15 years!