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A Dental Crown’s Important Role

July 9, 2018
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A dental crown provides an entire cover or “cap” for a damaged, weakened tooth or to replace a lost tooth. With CEREC (Chairside Economic Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) technology, a dental crown or any other type of custom restoration can be created in a single visit to the dentist. Without this innovative technology, a crown would need to be created by an offsite third-party lab, which would make the turnaround time much longer. CEREC allows your Kansas City, KS, dentist the opportunity to provide you with an important crown to restore your smile’s appearance and health

Restoring a Tooth

Tooth decay does just that: decays your tooth. In the earlier stages of tooth decay, a dental filling may be enough to restore areas of your enamel that have been eroded by decay. In the later stages though, the decay may effect too much of the tooth for a filling to restore. If and when the inside of a tooth is affected, it can be quite devastating to the tooth’s inner tissues and outer structures. Endodontic treatment may become necessary to disinfect the tooth, and a crown may become necessary to restore what is left of the natural tooth. There are situations where decay may not have caused the severe structural damage, such as an accident or injury, but a crown may still be necessary for restoration.

Anchoring a Bridge or Atop an Implant

A dental bridge is a form of restoration that has replacement teeth, known as abutment teeth, with crowns on either side, known as pontics. The crowns act as an anchor while the replacement teeth sit along the gum tissue. The pontics can be placed on healthy teeth or on implants depending on your smile’s situation. Dental implants act as replacements for a tooth’s roots. When an implant is placed, a crown can be placed on top of it to replace the body of the tooth.

Dental Crowns Can Be Placed in a Single Visit

Could a dental crown play an important role in your smile? To schedule a consultation, call Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018.