Have you lost a tooth? Even if you haven’t, you should know how you would handle the situation.
According to data from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, most Americans will lose one or more teeth during their lives.
A full set of teeth has 32 teeth. A person who has had his or her wisdom teeth removed would still have 28 teeth.
Yet, the average American adult between 20 and 64 years old has around 25 teeth. In other words, most adults are missing at least three of their original teeth in the US.
Even if you have all your teeth now, you may need to replace one or more in the future. If that happens, we encourage you to visit our dentist office in Kennewick, WA, to discuss dental crowns and bridges.
They are among the best restorative dental services we offer at Marineland Dental Care.
What Are Dental Crowns And Bridges?
Dental crowns are a replacement for the natural crowns of your teeth. Multiple dental crowns can be fused together to create a dental bridge.
Dental crowns are often used to repair teeth that have been damaged in some way. In some cases, they can preserve teeth before they have to be removed.
To place a dental crown, we first will need to remove the damaged parts of your tooth. In the process, we will reshape your tooth into an abutment.
You may receive a temporary crown to wear while your permanent crown is being created. When the permanent crown is ready, we will bond it to your tooth.
The crown serves two important purposes. First, it restores the appearance of your smile. Second, it functions like one of your natural teeth so you can continue eating the foods that you enjoy.
Reasons You May Receive a Dental Crown
Dental crowns and bridges can be used to correct a variety of problems or as part of another treatment. Here are some common uses:
- Chipped Tooth
You could lose part of a tooth any number of ways — playing in a recreation softball game, playing hockey, tripping and falling. Even biting into something a little too hard can cause part of a tooth to break free.
Regardless of the reason, the end result is the same. Your smile looks different than it used to, and the broken tooth may make it more difficult to eat. A dental crown will repair your damaged tooth.
- Decayed Tooth
More than 90 percent of people will have a cavity in their lives. Tooth decay can cause a lot of damage to your tooth. It can weaken your tooth, and it can cause pain.
By removing the part of your tooth that has been damaged by decay, we can preserve the healthy parts. With your dental crown, most people will never know the difference.
- Discolored Tooth
This can be the result of the tooth decay we mentioned earlier. It also may be the result of an injury to a tooth. In either case, a dental crown can restore the white color so it blends in with the rest of your smile.
- Infected Tooth
If you should need a root canal, our dentist, Dr. Hadley, will need to remove the infected tissue at the center of your tooth. When the procedure is complete, we will seal your tooth to prevent a new infection. A dental crown is often the most effective what to do that.
- Missing Tooth
If you lose a tooth, a dental bridge may be in order. We can reshape the teeth on either side of your gap just like we would for a dental crown.
When your dental bridge is ready, we will bond it to your teeth. The abutment crowns will provide the support to secure your dental bridge.
An alternative would be to replace the missing tooth with a dental implant (which is a replacement for the root of your missing tooth). Each dental implant has an abutment on one end. We can attach a dental crown to complete your smile.
Know Your Options
Most people would prefer to keep their teeth complete and intact. If something should happen, we want you to know that Marineland Dental Care will be here to help.