When Are Crowns and Bridges Needed?
March 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

A dental crown is a covering that is designed to fit over a decayed or damaged tooth. It can even replace a tooth entirely in certain dental crownsinstances, such as when bridges are involved. A crown covers a tooth above the gum line, unlike dental veneers that cover the front of the tooth’s surface and needs the tooth’s natural structure to support it properly. If a tooth is missing, a crown is a great treatment option. Your St. Clair Shores, Michigan, dentist Dr. Sam Malouf from Malouf Family Dentistry, can help determine when a crown would benefit your oral health situation the best.

Benefits Of Crowns

Crowns are used to strengthen damaged teeth so that they can function normally again. When they are made of high-tech materials, such as porcelain, they are undetectable in the mouth and can't be distinguished from natural teeth. They can be designed to improve the appearance of the tooth as well as its color, shape and contour. The tooth is prepared to accommodate the dental crown and an impression is taken, this ensures that the new dental crown will fit perfectly with your smile and your bite. A temporary crown is made while the permanent crown is being created. The new crown is ready after a short period, usually within a week or two, at which point the permanent crowns is placed.

Crowns are also used in conjunction with bridges to shorten the space of a missing tooth or teeth in the mouth. This requires at least three crowns. Two of these crowns should be placed over healthy teeth, on either side of the missing tooth, and is known as an abutment tooth. They are a support for the third crown that is placed between them.For more information on crowns and bridges from a St. Clair Shores, Michigan, dentist, such as Dr. Malouf from Malouf Family Dentistry, call 586-772-9020 today.