Crowns and Bridgework.
Like veneers, crowns are also excellent for changing tooth color and shape; in some cases they can facilitate this change more easily. Porcelain crowns are generally necessary when more tooth structure has been lost and therefore more material is needed to replace it. Crowning teeth can also create dramatic improvements for patients whose teeth have been worn by bruxism (grinding habits) or by enamel erosion.
What are dental crowns and bridges? Every once in a while, accidents can happen, resulting in a chipped or missing tooth. When this happens, dentists are available to fit either a dental crown or bridge to your mouth. Crowns and bridges are prosthetic devices that are adhered to an existing tooth or implant, meaning that, unlike dentures, they cannot be removed without the help of a dentist. Depending on your condition, you will be fitted for either a dental crown or bridge. Bridgework often involves dental crowns as well, as these caps are used to fill in the bridge.
When Would Someone Need A Crown?!
When You’ll Need a Crown
Aside from a part of bridgework, a dental crown is typically used to cover a damaged tooth, whether it be chipped, decayed, or unattractive. Dental crowns will completely cover the tooth, essentially “capping” your damaged tooth. Unlike veneers, crowns do not need much original tooth structure to function properly. Therefore, if the damaged tooth has little to no structure left, you will likely be fitted for a crown. Other instances where you would want a dental crown would be a fractured or weak tooth in order to prevent further damage, to cover a poorly shaped tooth, to fill in a tooth that has gone through a root canal treatment, and more.
Luckily, with the technology available today, these caps look just as natural as actual teeth do. The most commonly used material is porcelain that is bonded to a metal shell, although dentists can also use acrylic or ceramic. A benefit of the porcelain and ceramic crowns is that we can match the coloring of the crown to your remaining teeth. Getting a dental crown can seem daunting, as it takes a couple of visits to the dentist for the whole process. However, when you see the difference it makes in your smile, any inconveniences will seem worth it!
Elastics and ties used in older braces put pressure and friction on teeth which slows treatment and causes discomfort.
With the Self-Ligating Braces system, teeth are free to move more quickly, easily, and comfortably.