A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that restores and strengthens a tooth. It is used for restorative and cosmetic dental services. For restorative dentistry, a crown fits over a tooth that has been damaged due to decay, breakage, or a root canal. It may also be paired with a dental implant for tooth replacement. Cosmetically, a dental crown improves the appearance of a discolored, misshapen, or chipped tooth.
Crowns can be created using a gold alloy, porcelain, zirconia, or a combination of materials. Our dentists provide information on the crown options and the pros and cons of each so you can make an informed decision.
Tooth loss may occur due to gum disease, severe decay, or trauma. Missing teeth may then be replaced with dentures, which are removable restorations. Partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth, while full or complete dentures replace an entire arch.
Without teeth in place, your ability to chew and speak is affected. Replace your missing teeth and restore your smile with dentures. Several materials and types of dentures are available. We will discuss your tooth replacement options with you to help you make an informed decision.
Dental implants are a revolutionary replacement for missing teeth. The implant itself replaces the missing tooth root. It is then attached to an abutment and a restoration to complete the entire tooth structure. One implant can replace a single tooth, or multiple implants can replace several teeth and provide support for a denture.
More than one appointment is needed to complete a restoration with implants. Once the implant is placed in the jaw, the mouth is given time to heal as the bone accepts and grows around the implant. This takes several months. Then, the abutment is attached to connect the crown or denture. Candidates for dental implants need adequate healthy bone structure. Check with our dental team to determine if you are a candidate for an implant procedure.
Root Canal Treatment
A “root canal” is a restorative treatment that is performed to remove decay, bacteria, and infection from the center of the tooth where the nerves and blood vessels are located. When the pulp chamber is infected or damaged due to decay or trauma, a root canal treatment is necessary to preserve the natural tooth.
Root canal therapy involves entering the pulp chamber to remove the dead or diseased tissues, disinfecting the canals, and sealing the tooth. This prevents bacteria from causing harm in the future. A crown is usually placed on top of the tooth after the treatment to further restore and preserve the tooth structure.
A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. Also called a fixed partial denture, a bridge restores your smile’s health, functionality, and appearance. A bridge is anchored by dental crowns on either side of the missing tooth with a prosthetic in the middle replacing the tooth. The bridge literally “bridges” or spans the gap from the missing tooth.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts as a hinge to move your jaw up and down. Problems or pain in this area are often caused by temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD may be caused by genetics, teeth grinding or bruxism, arthritis, or an injury. Common symptoms of TMD include:
- Jaw pain
- Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw
- Facial soreness
- Discomfort when opening and closing the jaw
The pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders is often temporary and can be treated through self-care and nonsurgical therapies. Ask us about treatments for TMD to reduce your jaw pain.
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