Missing Teeth: Replacing Them is Easier Than Ever

I have always been an avid hockey player, and my love took a bad turn one day when I got struck in the mouth with the puck. It was a painful moment that left me with two teeth knocked out of my mouth. Had I taken the right steps after the accident, I could have possibly saved the teeth, but I did not know I had that option at the time. Thankfully, I worked up the courage to visit a dentist and ask what my options for teeth-replacement were. I was worried I would would have to live the rest of my life without smiling, but I was ecstatic to learn that I was the perfect candidate for dental implants. I created this blog to help others realize that there are so many options to replace missing teeth today that no one has to "just live with" an imperfect smile!

Learn About Dental Crowns

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If you are going to see your dentist soon and you think you may need some work done, you should educate yourself on common dental procedures that your dentist may recommend. If you think you might need a crown, learn as much as you can about dental crowns. Here is some information on crowns for you to keep in mind:

Crowns go over your tooth

A crown is made to fit over your tooth. The crown will protect the underlying tooth from further damage.

However, the crown is intended to do other things than just protect your natural tooth. It will also help to restore that tooth to its correct shape and size, which you will be glad to hear if the look and feel of your tooth bother you. If you have problems with one of the teeth along your smile line, that crown can help you feel better about smiling once the crown has been put in.

Application of dental crowns

There are actually a lot of times when the dentist will want to use a crown for your situation. Some of these times may include:

  • When your tooth has a fracture
  • When your tooth has a chip or break
  • When your tooth has an exposed nerve
  • When your tooth is worn down a lot
  • When your tooth is misshapen
  • When your tooth is smaller than it should be

Another time when a dentist may want to put a crown on your tooth is when that tooth is going to become an anchor for a dental bridge. In fact, the dentist may take a completely healthy tooth and actually use their tools to bring the tooth down in size so a crown will fit on that tooth. This can be a bit frustrating knowing that a perfectly healthy tooth is being ground down, but keep in mind it is being done for the sake of all your teeth.

Types of dental crowns

When it comes to the different types of dental crowns, you may be surprised by the different options you have available. While the dentist will have a lot of say in the type of crowns they feel will be best for you, your feelings and budget will also be taken into account as you will be the ultimate decision maker.

Stainless steel is one of the popular materials used for dental crowns, especially with regards to crowns for children's teeth. However, in some cases, it is a good material for adults as well.

There are also other metals used such as gold, platinum, nickel-chromium, and more. Porcelain fused to metal is a common choice. When the porcelain is put over the metal, you will end up with a strong crown that looks just like a real tooth to anyone who sees it. There are also all ceramic and all porcelain crowns. These look great but can be a bit more fragile.

Locate a qualified dentist in your area, such as Four Corners Dental Group, to learn more about your options for dental crowns.


29 January 2019