Crowns are known to be used quite commonly in strengthening teeth weakened by root canal therapy to protect it from breaking, but even untreated or undamaged teeth can still improve with the help of crowns. Teeth with discolored fillings can be capped to match the rest of the other teeth and misshaped or eroded teeth can be restored to their normal size and shape. But perhaps the means by which we can fully appreciate what crowns do is when they are used to fill the gaps formed when we lose a tooth.
Whether it’s meant to replace a single tooth, used as part of a fixed bridge or made to cover the prosthetic tooth root of a dental implant, crowns make it possible for us to smile again with a complete set of teeth. In this sense, it becomes both a restorative and cosmetic treatment in one. Functionally, when used in a bridge, it allows for normal chewing and speaking and maintenance of the facial structures since it prevents teeth from shifting or moving out of alignment.
Crowns and bridges require some level of tooth enamel reduction and the taking of impressions and the creation of a mold onto which the prosthesis will be fabricated. Although crowns and bridges may take some time and more than a single appointment to complete, they can in fact last a lifetime with good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, making sure to avoid dental and gum disease that could make the crowns or bridges loosen up and fall out.
For well-made crowns and bridges that will last you for many, many years, call 509-591-0515 to set an appointment with Kennewick WA dentist Dr. William Hadley or come visit him at Marineland Dental Care for a quick consultation.