Posts for: November, 2019
Dental crowns offer the ideal solution to a number of dental issues, both aesthetic and physical. In fact, these multi-purpose restorations help Dr. Edward Yates, your dentist in Norwich, CT, to improve the appearance of oddly shaped or stained teeth, protect compromised bone structure, and even fill a gap in your smile—read on to learn more!
What are dental crowns?
Made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, or resin, these restorations are used to cover the visible parts of your teeth. Crowns are hollow inside, allowing them to slip over your teeth easily once they have been properly prepared for treatment.
Dental crowns are attached to your teeth with dental cement to ensure that they don't move when you bite and chew. The restorations feel completely natural and are available in common tooth shades to ensure that they successfully blend in with your smile.
Crowns repair and protect teeth
Your Norwich dentist may recommend a crown if you've broken a tooth. Crowns restore the normal height and width of your teeth and make it possible to chew normally once again. Pain is common after a break and occurs when the broken edges are exposed to the air. Adding a crown seals off the tooth, stopping your pain.
The restorations also prevent at-risk teeth from breaking or fracturing. Teeth can become fragile if they've recently cracked, are naturally brittle, have received large fillings, or underwent a root canal procedure. Your new crown will absorb strong biting forces that can cause fragile teeth to fracture.
Crowns restore missing teeth
Crowns are used in both bridges and dental implants to replace missing teeth. Bridges consist of artificial teeth attached to crowns on either side. The crown portion of the bridge securely anchors it in place.
These restorations are also connected to dental implants to completely restore lost teeth. Dental implants are synthetic root replacements that bond to your jawbone, and are topped with dental crowns to form a complete and stable artificial tooth.
Improving your appearance is easy with dental crowns
Dental crowns can be used to conceal a variety of cosmetic issues, including:
- Oddly shaped or crooked teeth
- Short teeth
Need dental work? Give us a call
Improve your smile with dental crowns! Call your Norwich, CT, dentist, Dr. Edward Yates, at (860) 889-6445 to schedule an appointment.
While the sport of golf may not look too dangerous from the sidelines, players know it can sometimes lead to mishaps. There are accidents involving golf carts and clubs, painful muscle and back injuries, and even the threat of lightning strikes on the greens. Yet it wasn’t any of these things that caused professional golfer Danielle Kang’s broken tooth on the opening day of the LPGA Singapore tournament.
“I was eating and it broke,” explained Kang. “My dentist told me, I've chipped another one before, and he said, you don't break it at that moment. It's been broken and it just chips off.” Fortunately, the winner of the 2017 Women’s PGA championship got immediate dental treatment, and went right back on the course to play a solid round, shooting 68.
Kang’s unlucky “chip shot” is far from a rare occurrence. In fact, chipped, fractured and broken teeth are among the most common dental injuries. The cause can be crunching too hard on a piece of ice or hard candy, a sudden accident or a blow to the face, or a tooth that’s weakened by decay or repetitive stress from a habit like nail biting. Feeling a broken tooth in your mouth can cause surprise and worry—but luckily, dentists have many ways of restoring the tooth’s appearance and function.
Exactly how a broken tooth is treated depends on how much of its structure is missing, and whether the soft tissue deep inside of it has been compromised. When a fracture exposes the tooth’s soft pulp it can easily become infected, which may lead to serious problems. In this situation, a root canal or extraction will likely be needed. This involves carefully removing the infected pulp tissue and disinfecting and sealing the “canals” (hollow spaces inside the tooth) to prevent further infection. The tooth can then be restored, often with a crown (cap) to replace the entire visible part. A timely root canal procedure can often save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted (removed).
For less serious chips, dental veneers may be an option. Made of durable and lifelike porcelain, veneers are translucent shells that go over the front surfaces of teeth. They can cover minor to moderate chips and cracks, and even correct size and spacing irregularities and discoloration. Veneers can be custom-made in a dental laboratory from a model of your teeth, and are cemented to teeth for a long-lasting and natural-looking restoration.
Minor chips can often be remedied via dental bonding. Here, layers of tooth-colored resin are applied to the surfaces being restored. The resin is shaped to fill in the missing structure and hardened by a special light. While not as long-lasting as other restoration methods, bonding is a relatively simple and inexpensive technique that can often be completed in just one office visit.
If you have questions about restoring chipped teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “Artistic Repair of Chipped Teeth With Composite Resin.”