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Teeth are one of the few structures inside the body that cannot regenerate after sustaining damage. That's why your dental team at Dr. George Salem and Associates in Braintree, MA, offer crowns as a way of repairing teeth that need to be restored to their function and appearance. Here, you'll learn about how crowns work to replace damaged natural teeth while keeping the roots intact.
What are crowns?
A crown, sometimes called a cap, is a dental restoration used frequently to repair and protect a tooth that still has functional roots, but has sustained too much outer damage to function on its own. Crowns are tooth-shaped but hollow in the middle in order to fit over the top of a natural tooth that has been prepared by your Braintree dentist. Crowns are typically made of a porcelain material that is both strong and attractive; dental laboratories use the measurements sent to them by your Braintree dentist to shape, polish, and paint a lifelike tooth replacement that will be attached using a bonding cement, allowing you to eat and smile normally.
Why are crowns used?
There are several instances in which your Braintree dentist utilizes a crown. They are the finishing touch after a root canal is completed; this is usually due to extensive decay removal that leaves the affected tooth unusable otherwise. Crowns can also be used instead of traditional filling material if a cavity is larger than average. When an entire natural tooth is missing, a restoration called a bridge fills in the gap with a solid crown that is placed between two normal crowns; the teeth on either side of the gap are crowned to reinforce them.
If one or more of your teeth might need a crown, contact Dr. George Salem and Associates in Braintree, MA, to schedule a consultation. So many of our patients have benefited from this versatile restoration; you might be one of them!
Has tooth loss affected your smile? If you've lost one or more teeth, dental implants offer an attractive, effective way to improve your smile. The dentists at Dr. George Salem and Associates in Braintree, MA, explain how implants can fill the gaps in your smile.
Implants offer a complete restoration option
If you've been considering your restoration choices, you know that dentures and dental bridges only replace teeth above the gum line. Dental implants are the only option that replaces your entire tooth, starting at the roots. Implants consist of small titanium posts that are placed in the spaces that your roots once occupied during a minor oral surgical procedure.
Your implants wouldn't be very effective if they just rested loosely in your jawbone. Without a firm connection to your jawbone, they wouldn't be able to support a dental crown and would wiggle every time you took a bite. Luckily, implants are made of titanium, a metal that bonds to bone. Once you receive your implant, it only takes about three to six months for bonding to occur. When your dentist determines that the implant has completely fused to your jawbone, it will be topped with a dental crown in our Braintree office. The crown closes the gap in your smile and also allows you to chew normally.
The unique benefits of dental implants
Dental implants offer a few very special advantages, such as:
- Versatility: Implant can replace any number of missing teeth. They're an excellent choice if you wear dentures and are looking for a more comfortable, stable restoration option.
- Excellent Comfort and Biting Power: Gum irritation can sometimes occur if you have dentures or bridges, particularly if they don't fit well. Irritation isn't a problem with dental implants. Because the parts of your new tooth act as one unit, there's nothing to rub against your gums when you take a bite.
- Longevity: Dentures must be relined, rebased or replaced every 10 to 15 years. Bridges also must be replaced after 10 to 15 years. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime, although you may need to replace the dental crown.
Close the gaps in your smile with dental implants. Call your dentists at Dr. George Salem and Associates in Braintree, MA, at (781) 843-0660 to schedule an appointment.
Discover more about dental implants and how they work to replace your missing tooth.
Countless people dealing with tooth loss are enjoying a healthy and full smile again with dental implants. While there are certainly other restorative options to choose from, dental implants offer a variety of unique benefits that other treatments can’t. Our Braintree, MA dentists are here to provide a little information about what makes a dental implant work and how it can last you the rest of your life if cared for properly.
What is an implant?
This metal post is pretty impressive. It acts similarly to real tooth roots and is placed into the jawbone by our Braintree general dentist. Implants are usually made from titanium because they are biocompatible, meaning that the body won’t normally reject it. Once the implant is surgically placed into the jawbone we will give your mouth a couple months to heal.
During the healing stage, the bone and tissue will grow around the implant. Once this is complete, the implant will now become a permanent part of the jawbone.
What is an abutment?
The abutment looks like a tooth that has been prepared for a dental crown. An abutment is placed on top of the implant and serves one purpose: to connect the implant under the gums with a dental restoration (the visible portion of the implant).
Sometimes the abutment is already part of the implant and so this step won’t be necessary, but many traditional dental implants will still require us to secure the abutment separately.
What is a dental crown?
The dental crown we use to cover an implant is the same restoration used to cover over a damaged tooth. Each crown is custom made to fit your smile. Once your mouth has healed after the abutment has been placed we can then cement the crown over the abutment.
Of course, if you need to replace multiple missing teeth, several implants can be placed in the jawbone to support dental bridges or dentures.
No other dental restoration boasts as long a life as a dental implant. If you want to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, call George Salem and Associates in Braintree, MA today!