Crowns are a treatment used for many patients with varying dental causes. When a tooth breaks or is at risk for breaking. For example if a tooth has a large existing cavity, filling, crack, a crown is needed to preserve the tooth structure from further breakdown and possible root canal or loss of the tooth altogether.
Crowns can aid in
- Strengthening a tooth with a large filling, when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling
- Connecting bridges
- Guarding a weak tooth against breaking
- Restoring a tooth that is already broken
- Covering teeth that are discolored or poorly shaped
- Covering dental implants
If Dr. Allison Hurlbut or Dr. Kelsey Sasse suggests this form of treatment, it is most likely to correct one of the above conditions. They always have the goal of a bright and healthy smile in mind.
Another replacement option for lost teeth are implants and implant crowns.
Unlike a dental crown that is fitted to a tooth with an existing root structure, a dental implant crown completely replaces a tooth or teeth, including the root.
An implant is placed into the jawbone and then the dental implant crown is secured in the implant by a screw.
Dental implant crowns are used for when there are missing teeth or if a tooth is damaged too much with decay and cannot be restored.
They can be preferred over a bridge option because they do not require preparation of any other teeth and they are not connected to other teeth.
Occasionally patients with diabetes or smoking habits will not be recommended for this type of procedure due to complications with their healing process.
At Hurlbut Dental, either Dr. Allison Hurlbut or Dr. Kelsey Sasse will examine your teeth through x-rays and oral exams before recommending this or any other type of procedure.
This process generally takes 3-6 months from start to finish.Request an Appointment
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