Dental crowns are a great option for restoring damaged teeth and are a standard procedure offered at Elements Dental Spa – Baton Rouge Dentist & Aesthetics Spa. Dental crowns are caps that restore the shape and size of teeth after they have become cracked, fractured or decayed, and offer protection from further damage.
Dental crowns are a versatile treatment that can protect a weak tooth from infection, restore a damaged tooth, cover a dental implant, hold a dental bridge in place and provide a great, natural appearance. Reminiscent of a cap, the restoration is placed on top of the damaged tooth with the dual purpose of protecting and restoring your tooth’s function and strength.
A crown covers the entire tooth, replacing its outer layer of enamel with new material. A crown is contoured and sized similarly to a natural tooth and comes into contact with the opposite tooth in a normal way, allowing for food to be chewed properly.
In general, a crown should feel like a regular tooth when it comes to function. Depending on the material chosen for the crown, it also can look like a perfectly natural tooth.
Here at Elements Dental Spa and Aesthetics, we scan for digital impressions to create the crown and carefully place it with optimum precision.
With our innovative restoration, you can eat, laugh, and smile with full confidence and zero pain!
A tooth needs a crown when it no longer is strong enough to withstand normal chewing function on its own. There are multiple reasons a tooth could require a crown to function properly:
If a tooth has a large cavity, which has destroyed its enamel and dentin (the core structure of teeth), it will be too weak to hold a filling and chew properly.
If a tooth already has a large filling that covers more than half of the tooth, the remaining tooth structure is too weak to withstand chewing forces for the rest of the tooth’s lifespan.
By covering it with a crown, the tooth is given a better long-term prognosis.
Tooth cracks are a very complicated diagnosis and could be the subject of an entire article on their own. For a tooth crack with a limited extent (meaning it does not extend into the nerve inside the tooth or down the root underneath the gums), a crown is the only way to keep the crack from progressively getting worse.
Teeth are covered in a solid layer of enamel, which acts as a protective coating. If that layer of enamel is disrupted by a crack, it is no longer doing its job, and it must be removed and replaced. The crown functions as the new enamel, protectively covering the tooth just as the enamel did.
When a tooth has a root canal, the nerve and blood vessels are removed from the hollow chamber inside the tooth. This means there is no longer any nourishment to the tooth, and it quickly becomes dried out and brittle.
There also has been a significant reduction of natural tooth structure in order to reach into the canal space.
This predisposes the tooth to cracking. Any tooth that has had a root canal needs to be covered in a crown to prevent it from cracking. Root canals are expensive, and it would be a shame to let one go to waste because the tooth was never covered and cracked, requiring it to be extracted.
A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth, when functioning teeth are available on both sides of the missing tooth.
In the case of one missing tooth, a bridge would be three units: one unit for each adjacent retainer tooth, and one for the pontic.
The adjacent teeth, called retainers, are covered by the bridge in exactly the same manner as a crown covers a single tooth. The difference is that the bridge connects the crowns to a pontic (fake tooth replacement) in the missing tooth space.
A bridge is a quick way to replace 1-2 missing teeth. It does not require any surgery, and it is typically paid for by dental insurance as a covered benefit.
Because a bridge connects multiple teeth together, it cannot be cleaned as simply as separate teeth. It is necessary for you to use adjunctive oral hygiene tools to help you get floss underneath the bridge for adequate cleaning.
In short, it takes a little more work to maintain it, keeping it clean and cavity-free. In some cases, the adjacent teeth have no problems, so in order to make the bridge, healthy tooth structure must be removed.
A bridge’s purpose is to replace one or more missing teeth. There are two other general options for replacing teeth.
One is a removable partial denture, which as its name implies is taken in and out. It is not cemented to the teeth.
A removable partial denture rests on adjacent teeth and uses either a metal or plastic base to hold fake teeth in place.
The other tooth replacement option is a dental implant.
A dental implant is the most expensive tooth replacement treatment, but it gives the most natural result because it is anchored in the jawbone and does not depend on or affect the adjacent teeth.
At Elements Dental Spa, we utilize modern, 3D scanner technology to take a digital impression to fabricate your custom-fitted crown or bridge. The process of a crown or bridge can be completed in just 2 appointments!
Whatever color we decide to make your crown will be that color for the lifetime of the crown. We are specially trained in getting a great shade for your crown to match the rest of your teeth. We will always recommend getting teeth whitening before doing any crowns to achieve the whitest you can get before we pick a shade.
Contact Elements Dental Spa – Baton Rouge Dentist & Aesthetics Spa today and get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted!