Dental implants are typically used to replace an entire tooth, and Cheap dental crowns near Brookhaven are typically used if some part of the tooth and the root are still viable but need topped off in order to function properly. If you have a tooth or teeth that have become severely damaged or decayed, it is important to restore their structure, strength, and function to improve your facial & smile aesthetics and boost your confidence. The dental crown procedure can be a great solution for patients with weakened or traumatized tooth/teeth.
Cosmetically, dental crowns are tooth-shaped, natural-colored coverings applied over the tooth’s surface to restore its shape and size, strength, hide surface imperfections and/or rejuvenate the tooth’s appearance. If you have a missing tooth, implants are probably the best way to go, however if you have a tooth that is simply decayed and may not have to be completely replaced, a dental crown may be an option.
For decades dentists used to go with individual crowns or multi-pieced bridges to repair damaged teeth. In the past 25 years or so the dental implant has become much more popular for many reasons.
The benefits of dental implants are numerous:
• Implants protect other teeth
• An implant can replace just a single tooth
• Implants require little maintenance
• Implants look like a natural tooth
• Implants will not slip, therefore make eating more natural
• Implants are more cost-effective in the long run
Implants do not put any strain on other teeth since they are placed individually. Implants are anchored to your jaw bone with a titanium screw with a small fake tooth (called an abutment) on top, followed by Cheap dental crowns near Brookhaven that looks and feels like a natural tooth.
Today porcelain, ceramic, and porcelain-metal mix dental crowns, offered at most aesthetic dental clinics, are custom matched to the color of your existing teeth and are designed specifically for your smile in order to provide the most accurate, aesthetically pleasing results.
These ceramic restorations, when cemented into proper place, encase the entire misshapen or severely discolored teeth, thereby giving you a bright and sparkling smile. Dental crowns are used to cover dental implant to comfortably work together with your existing natural teeth. They also act as a protective cover, protecting a weak tooth from further damage or to hold together parts of a fractured tooth.
One of the most obvious advantages is that this capping of the tooth looks, feels, and functions like your natural teeth and restores your overall bite strength, thereby improving your ability to bite down comfortably. If crafted accurately, a dental crown can help your upper and lower teeth to meet properly and maintaining a proper, balanced bite. Implants do not decay, and because of the ease of flossing and cleaning the implants, the gum tissue and underlying bone are likely to stay healthy as well.
Although the cost of a single implant will likely run from $3,000 to $4,500, they are also likely to last your entire lifetime. Weigh that against the cost of repeatedly replacing crowns, along with the time you’ll spend and any possible pain you’ll endure, and you will likely come out ahead many ways with the implant.
Dental bridges and crowns
Dental bridges and crowns have their own advantages, the main being that you can salvage your own tooth root and partial tooth, therefore they don’t require surgical intervention and probably surgical referral that an implant would.
Another advantage is the time you will spend having the procedure done. Bridges and crowns can be fashioned in two to three dentist visits. The first visit requires the dentist to diagnose the amount of decay to the tooth and then remove the decay and seal off the unfinished tooth with a temporary cap. A following visit will likely either be placing the permanent crown, or making a mold where the permanent crown would then be placed at a follow-up visit.
Porcelain or ceramic crowns and bridges can be colored to match the teeth surrounding the area where they will be placed, optimizing their appearance to be as natural as possible. Other materials used to make crowns include gold and metal alloys and acrylic. These other materials will not match your natural teeth, however they are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended to replace back teeth.
Caring for your dental crown is similar to caring for your normal teeth. The crown will need brushing, flossing and will be checked at your regular dental check-ups. Crowns are also not immune to being chipped or damaged by anything that can damage your real teeth.
Even with multiple visits Cheap dental crowns near Brookhaven cost less than an implant. However, be prepared to have to replace the bridge or crown every 10-15 years due to normal wear and tear.
The risks associated with the placement of dental crowns include an increased sensitivity to heat and cold. Since your newly crowned tooth still has a nerve in it, you may experience sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures on the tooth following crown placement.
Nerve damage is another potential risk associated with this procedure. The preparation of the tooth for a crown can lead to dental nerve damage. In this case, the complete removal of dental nerves (root canal therapy) is unavoidable. Other common risks may include loosening of crown or the loss of a crown. Loosening of crowns can be caused by a deterioration of the dental cement used to attach the crown to the abutment.
If the crown is not fitted correctly to your tooth, bacteria can easily grow between a space in the tooth and crown and further decay of the tooth under the crown may develop. Crowns may become so loose that they fall off. Porcelain-metal mix crowns may fracture, chip or break, needing the crown replaced with a whole new crown.
Other possible complications may include risk of the carious infections, gingivitis, bleeding around the site of the crown placement and reactions to anesthesia used to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues during the procedure.
Most importantly, Cheap dental crowns near Brookhaven may only be recommended when the patient has healthy dental structure and gums to support the crown. Healthy gums anchor crowns firmly in place and ensure most effective cementation of the crown. Those who have lost their teeth to a traumatic injury or periodontal disease can have crowns together with dental implants or dental bridges.
Dental crowns cost quite a bit. As we grow older, a tooth crown and/or other types of expensive dental procedures seem to needed every few years. If you think you need one, or have been advised to do one by the dentist, it is a good time to learn more about why they are so costly and if you are paying a reasonable amount. The experience of paying for a dental crown can in many ways be as excruciating as the dental paint itself.