A crown -- sometimes called a cap -- is a custom-made replacement for a damaged or missing tooth. In many cases, it fits over what's left of the tooth to fill in the part that's missing and return that tooth to its natural shape.
Dental crowns are secured with dental adhesive and cement to become a permanent addition to the mouth. They're made from a variety of materials such as:
There are pros and cons for each type. The ReHoBoth Health Network and Family Dentistry goes over the various options with each patient to find the right kind of crown.
There are numerous reasons a person might require a crown. They can reinforce a weak tooth, for example. Dental crowns are also used to cap a tooth after a root canal.
Sometimes ReHoBoth dentists might recommend a crown to a patient with a cracked or fractured tooth, as well, or to cover a discolored tooth. When a patient has several missing teeth that require a dental bridge, crowns might go over the connecting natural teeth to support them.
Crowns are also used with implants. In that case, your ReHoBoth dentist attaches the crown to a dental post or mini post to fill a gap left by a missing tooth. As with crowns placed over a natural tooth, your dentist uses adhesive and special cement to secure the new tooth to the dental post.
Since the crowns are custom-made for each patient, they look and feel like the natural tooth in every way.
A dental bridge fills the gap left by several missing teeth. Several crowns constitute a bridge: They're secured together, attach to the two nearest natural teeth, and can be either removable or permanent.
As the name suggests, removable bridges come out for cleaning just like full dentures. Typically, a hook at the end of the bridge connects it to the teeth and keeps it from slipping out of place. Permanent bridges are secured so that they don’t come out.
Want to learn more about crowns and find out if they're right for you? Call or click today to book your consultation at ReHoBoth Health Network and Family Dentistry!
Prospective patients with no insurance or individuals who will be paying out of pockets are encouraged to call our office at 210-998-3013. Our goal is to ensure we work with you to obtain appropriate affordable quality care.
For more information regarding insurance plans and application processes, our office offers a free service to educate you about various dental insurance plans, their application process, and logistics. We offer this service free for both Medicaid patients and private insurance patients. However, we do require you to call our office to schedule a free ten minutes consult for this.
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