When you consider general dentistry, you may think about all the benefits these services provide. From a young age, you can get knowledgeable care from professionals who diagnose, treat, and prevent various conditions. Dentists can help you with oral health concerns and cosmetic issues that cause you grief. Tooth damage and tooth loss can be…
Ask a General Dentist: Crowns, Bridges, or Implant?
A general dentist might recommend a crown, bridge, or implant if you are dealing with a severely damaged or missing tooth. Each of these oral restorations serves a specific purpose. A crown protects a tooth and restores its function. An implant replaces a missing tooth, while a bridge closes the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
How a general dentist uses crowns, bridges, and implants
Let us take a look at how crowns, bridges, and implants work and why a general dentist might recommend them.
Crowns are arguably the most used restorations in dentistry. They have many uses, like protecting damaged teeth, improving the aesthetics of teeth, restoring the function of damaged teeth, and preventing damaged teeth from falling apart. Crowns go over the visible part of teeth and serve as barriers that keep away irritants in the mouth, like bacteria and acids.
Getting a tooth fitted with a crown typically takes two trips to the dentist. The patient’s tooth need to be prepared for the procedure by removing portions of its enamel. During the first visit, the dentist takes an impression or digital images of the patient’s teeth and forwards the data to a lab where oral restorations are made.
Patients are fitted with a temporary crown during the first visit to protect their prepared tooth. In about two weeks, the patient goes in for a second appointment to get their custom crown. Issues that crowns can be used to treat include:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Fractured teeth
- Tooth decay
- Deformed teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Gaps between teeth
Implants are highly recommended when it comes to replacing missing teeth. These oral prosthetics replace the root of the lost tooth. Implants can be fitted with crowns or other restorations, like dentures and bridges.
Getting an implant requires oral surgery because the prosthetic is placed in the patient’s jaw. It takes up to six months for the implant to fuse with bone tissues around it, becoming one with the rest of the patient’s jaw. Implants help prevent the bone tissue loss that occurs when a person is missing one or more teeth by keeping the jaw tissues stimulated. People with immune system disorders and other health conditions that can affect their recovery after surgery might not be eligible for implants.
Bridges are used to close up the spaces between teeth caused by missing teeth. A bridge stays in place once a general dentist attaches it and is typically anchored on the two teeth closest to the gap. These teeth are often covered with crowns so they can provide more stability for the bridge. Bridges are typically recommended when a person has more than one missing tooth right next to each other.
Get the treatment that you need
Oral restorations can be used to address damaged teeth or replace missing ones. Call or visit our Gilbert clinic to learn more about how crowns, implants, and bridges are used.
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