As a restorative dentistry office, we treat teeth that have been damaged in an accident or due to infection. We can also repair dental restorations that have become loose, cracked, or chipped. If you have received a dental crown in the past, it can last for 15 years or longer. However, they are not immune to becoming damaged. Just like your natural tooth, your crown can become chipped if hit by a fastball, a steering wheel, etc. Your crown could even become damaged if you bite on ice. If this happens, give us a call at (314) 815-4774.
Signs you should visit our restorative dentistry office.
When an individual runs his or her tongue along the teeth, feel if there are any rough edges or obvious signs of a crack or chip. If one of these signs is on a front tooth, then the individual will be able to see the damage in a mirror. The back teeth can be more difficult to diagnose, so the individual has to rely on the feel of the teeth to notice anything. Patients should also watch for a crown that feels loose. This can actually be more urgent than one that is chipped because a loose crown can fall off and the individual can swallow it while sleeping.
How we can help you in our restorative dentistry office.
When visiting Maryland Heights Dental, we will examine a patient’s teeth and damaged crown to determine the extent of the problem. We will probably take X-rays to determine if the damage is to the crown, the tooth underneath, or both. The treatment plan will depend on the location of the damage. If the patient only slightly damages the crown, we might be able to smooth it out and correct the damage with a bonding material. When the crown is beyond repair, we have to replace it.
However, if the damage is to the tooth underneath, we will most likely need to remove the crown and address the tooth. This will involve removing the infected portion of the tooth. When the tooth is beyond saving, we will recommend extracting it and replacing it with either a dental bridge or a dental implant.
Different approaches for effective results
These two procedures can both replace the tooth, but they are drastically different in their approach. A dental bridge is a non-surgical procedure that requires two healthy teeth to be on either side of the missing one. A dental crown is placed on these two teeth to serve as an anchor to hold a new bridge and tooth in place. The result is a durable replacement tooth that looks natural. A dental implant, however, is the most durable tooth replacement option, because we surgically replace the root system as well.
A titanium post is implanted under the gums and secured to the jawbone. The bone and metal fuse together through the process of osseointegration. Once complete, a new tooth will be secured to it for a restoration that is incredibly durable. Many dental implants also come with a lifetime warranty, giving you the confidence you need to proceed.
Regardless of how your dental crown is damaged or what solution is best for you, we can help.
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