You’ve just broken a tooth on an “old maid” from a piece of popcorn, and the first thing you think of is your dentist. What are you going to do? Can the dentist save your tooth? It seems like the hole is the Grand Canyon and it really looks “bad”, to say nothing of the potential discomfort.
It’s truly amazing the stress and pressure we place on our teeth on a daily basis. We ask them to work every day for our whole lives, and they do pay the price sometimes. When teeth have fillings placed in them or they develop hairline cracks, teeth can become weakened and fall apart.
Enter on the scene the “Crown” or “Cap” as many people prefer to call it. A crown fits over the tooth like a thimble fits over your finger. This is because it covers the whole tooth and it provides protection from future breakage. It allows you to use your tooth in comfort and peace of mind, and they can be made so lifelike that no one but you and your dentist know that a crown was even constructed.
Crowns can be made of all metal, (gold or silver in color), porcelain fused to metal, or all porcelain. Depending on the patient’s individual preference, location of the crown, and oral habits, the type of crown can be determined with a discussion between the patient and the dentist.
If you are missing a tooth, several crowns can be constructed together in one piece to span the gap. This restoration is called a bridge as it spans the space between two or more teeth.
Crowns and bridges are cemented in place and become “permanent” restorations. Within a very short time after they are placed, crowns and bridges become a part of your mouth, and you don’t even notice they are there.
For a visual explanation of a crown, bridges, or other ways to replace missing teeth, click on the link below.