Three Uses For A Dental Crown
How your Chelmsford dentists use crowns in procedures.
As well as fillings and extractions, the use of a dental crown to restore a tooth is one of the most common procedures that we perform at Blue Sky Dental in Chelmsford.
It is a relatively straightforward procedure, but one that is versatile and is used to resolve a number of dental problems.
Below, we take a look at the three main uses of a dental crown at our Chelmsford practice.
The most common use of a crown is to restore a tooth when it is badly broken, or where decay means that much of the natural tooth needs to be removed. Whilst fillings are the first available option that we consider; where there is insufficient tooth left or where to fill it would leave it compromised, a dental crown is an effective way of restoring a tooth with sufficient strength for everyday use. In order to fit a crown, the tooth first of all has to be shaped. Impressions are then taken and these are sent to a laboratory for the crown to be produced. When it is returned to our Chelmsford dentists, it can then be attached to the prepared tooth with a strong dental adhesive.
When a patient loses a tooth, it is quite natural to want to replace it, especially if it is visible and one of the ways in which this can be done is to use a bridge. As the name implies, this essentially ‘bridges’ the gap between the teeth and it is done by using an artificial tooth which is held in place by two dental crowns on either side of it. These are then attached to the teeth either side of the gap in the same manner as above.
It should be noted that, whilst this is an effective solution to replace a missing tooth, it does mean that otherwise healthy teeth need to be prepared; something which some patients are reluctant to do.
Dental implants are the newest innovation in dentistry for replacing missing teeth. They have, however, been around since the 1960’s and technological progress over the years has led to them being widely accepted as the best tooth replacement method currently available. Unlike the procedures above, dental implants address the need to not only replace the tooth, but the actual root of the tooth which goes into the jawbone. This not only addresses problems such as bone deterioration following tooth loss, but also the strength and stability that some of the alternatives may compromise on.
The implant itself is a titanium ‘artificial root’ which is placed into the jawbone and allowed to integrate with it, create an extremely solid foundation. A dental crown is then used to complete the procedure, leaving the patient with a long lasting and strong replacement tooth.
At Blue Sky Dental, we are always happy to discuss any of the procedures that we need to perform and we are also keen to cover these in our regular blogs; so please check back regularly. If you have any questions that you would like us to address, you can ask us directly by calling our Chelmsford dental practice on 01245 211070.