Treatment Options: Dental Crowns and Dental Implants
When a tooth becomes damaged or severely decayed, often our biggest desire, once we are out of pain, is for the tooth to look like a natural, healthy tooth again.
We may also find it hard to bite and chew. It may be painful to chew on the side of the mouth where the damaged tooth exists. We may even experience secondary jaw pain from trying to eat on the other side of the mouth and only chewing on one side.
When we are suffering from these ailments, we may also find that there is little we can do to protect the more exposed sensitive parts of a tooth when drinking a hot of cold beverage, which spreads through the mouth and touches all its corners.
These problems face many people on a day-to-day basis. As your Indooroopilly dentist sees in their Indooroopilly dental clinic regularly, many people suffer from damaged or decayed teeth.
This damage can occur in a number of ways. It may occur during a sports injury, during an incident in which a person trips or falls, or simply in the act of eating, if food such as a popcorn kernel that is hard is bitten down on firmly.
If the damage is the result of decay, then this is a slower process that may take years to develop. Decay occurs when plaque builds up on the teeth due to bacteria, which is supported to develop by excessive sugar consumption and an incomplete dental hygiene routine that doesn’t come recommended by your Taringa dentist or Pullenvale dentist.
Having decayed or damaged teeth can cause pain, make it hard to eat and chew, and also make the tooth and its root more susceptible to further damage over time. For that reason, it is commonly recommended by your Chelmer dentist to undergo dental crown treatment. Let’s explore what a dental crown is and what this process involves.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a cap or a covering that is placed over your existing tooth and permanently bonded to it. Once it is in place, it looks like a natural tooth, and it functions like one too. It is in fact even stronger and longer lasting than our natural teeth a lot of the time, being made from porcelain).
How are dental crowns used by my Fig Tree Pocket Dentist?
Before proceeding with treatment, it is necessary for your Brisbane dentist or Indooroopilly dentist to determine your suitability for a dental crown. Most patientspatients are suitable candidates for this procedure with the main consideration being whether your existing teeth and gums are strong enough to support a crown.
As you may have guessed, it is necessary for the natural tooth underneath the crown to act as its base and anchor. Because a crown is the same size as a healthy natural tooth, it stands to reason that this natural but damaged tooth will have to be reduced somewhat, and made an appropriate bonding surface for a long-lasting dental crown at your Indooroopilly dentist. It is also your dentist’s priority to remove decayed areas to prevent the possibility of continued decay.
The crown has to fit over the existing tooth surface tightly to form a good bond with the dental cement and it also needs to fit in with the rest of your teeth. Therefore, it is necessary for most dentists Brisbane to take an impression of the teeth and to then send this away to a technician to have the crown made up.This process requires that the patient comes back on a second visit to have their crown installed. In the meantime (which may be a period of a week or two), the patient will have a temporary crown in place.
Wanting to make things easy for their patients, some Indooroopilly dentists, including River City Dental, have invested in modern technology to make things easier, faster, and more pleasant for their patients. Here at River City Dental, we use CEREC, a type of equipment that enables our Indooroopilly dental clinic to provide same day dental crowns to their patients.
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Aesthetic Ceramics, and it works by taking a 3D scan of the mouth. Using this scan, it then creates the restoration crown on site within a short period of time, using the information provided and also the dentist’s input and expertise. Many patients say they prefer this type of treatment. The traditional process of taking impressions is an unpleasant feeling for many.
The crown will now look just like the surrounding teeth and stain can be added so that it will match the colour of the surrounding teeth. Once in place, your crown is likely to last 10 to 15 years or even longer. By following specialised advice and adhering to a proper oral hygiene routine at home, patients can maximise the life span of their dental crowns.
How do dental crowns relate to a root canal procedure?
If tooth decay has become too advanced, it can sometimes affect or infect the dental pulp. The pulp includes the living parts of the tooth such as vessels and nerves, and occupies the centre of the tooth. This part is contained within the dentine, the hard outer surface of the tooth. The pulp chamber within is the most sensitive area and it is often as decay breaks through the outer layers of the tooth and enters the interior of the tooth that we start to experience the worst tooth pain.
It may be evident we are suffering from damage to tooth pulp when we experience random pain, heat and cold sensitivity, pain when eating, gum or face swellingand other symptoms. Usually, it will take an X-ray through your Indooroopilly dentist, Taringa Dentist, or dentist Chelmer to confirm for sure whether the tooth pulp has been damaged or affected by the decay
The effects of this is not only pain, but also the risk of the infection spreading and resulting in an abscessor the loss of the tooth.
Therefore, your Indooroopilly dentist will commonly undertake a root canal procedure. This involves removing the decay and infection from inside the tooth.. The canals are then thoroughly cleaned and filled with an inert dental material and to ensure there are no air pockets or hollows for bacteria to continue to develop. Once the canals are filled the tooth is left to settle for a period of time and then a restoration (commonly a crown) will be placed over the tooth to protect it in the long term.
In this case, we can see that crowns are not only a cosmetic treatment, but also a functional dental or general dental treatment that can help keep our teeth healthy and strong for longer.
What about a missing tooth or a tooth than can’t support a crown?
Because a crown depends on a tooth underneath it to support it, dental crowns by themselves are not a suitable option in the case of missing teeth. When teeth are not present in the mouth and instead there is a gap, then a dental implant may be needed to replace the missing tooth; this will work in conjunction with the dental crown.
Firstly, a note on the causes of missing teeth. These can be varied, but common causes include tooth decay, acute injury or dental trauma, and gum disease. It is also possible to have missing teeth due to congenital issues passed along within a family, but this is generally apparent early on and is not something that presents itself for the first time in adulthood. The cause of the missing tooth is important information for the dentist.
Along with an overview and investigation into your general oral health by your Brisbane dentist or dentist Indooroopilly, this will help to inform your dentist and guide their approach on whether you are a suitable candidate for a dental implant. Your dentist may also need to know about the health of your jaw or bones, whether you have the willingness to commit to the process, and whether you smoke or not.
How does a dental implant work?
Dental implants are a great way of restoring the appearance of your teeth, and helping people to build confidence after having lived with missing teeth. However, their benefits go beyond cosmetic reasons. Dental implants can allow a person to bite and chew normally again. They can also prevent changes to the shape of the face and the jaw, and prevent the teeth surrounding the gap in the teeth from shifting out of position and resulting in misalignment of the bite.
Dental implants are a type of procedure that is best performed by a qualified implantologist. Dr John Bacalakis has undertaken extensive postgraduate studies in implant dentistry and is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, making him a leading and preferred dentist for dental implants in the Brisbane and Indooroopilly region.
Dental implants procedure
It will be undertaken in the practice and only a local anaesthetic will be used. The dentist will use a surgical implant guide to make a hole in the gum and jawbone where the dental implant will be inserted. This implant has a screw-like thread that will screw down into this hole. The surgical placement of this implant is the first stage of the process. Implants are typically made of very strong metals including titanium or titanium alloy.
Once this first step is complete, the implant will typically be monitored in 3-6 months to allow it to . fully fuse (osseointegration) with the bone –. The process of osseointegrationrefers to the fusing of the jawbone with the implant to form a firm and dependable base for the replaced tooth.
Once integration has occurred a dental crown will then be fitted to an abutment placed on the end of the dental implant. This crown will then act and appear as a normal tooth.
Are there alternatives to dental implants?
There are alternatives to dental implants, though dental implants are preferred by many for numerous reasons. However, there is an argument for all types of missing tooth or teeth replacements, and the correct treatment depends on circumstances. This discussion is best had with your Pullenvale dentist, your emergency dentist, or another dentist near me. They will be able to advise you on the benefits and the shortcomings of other available treatments.
The two other notable treatments for missing teeth instead of dental implants are dental bridges and dentures. Dental bridges literally ‘bridge’ a gap in the teeth by connecting a series of crowns and fitting this over the gap by connecting to the two surrounding teeth on either side of the gap. Dentures are also an option available to patients. Dentures are removable and typically look more like a set of teeth that attached to teeth or fit over the gums.
Choosing a dentist for dental crowns or dental implants
Both dental crowns and dental implants are common dental procedures that are carried out on a regular basis by your dentist Indooroopilly. They are relatively straightforward procedures, but as with all dental treatments, do carry certain risks which will always be discussed in detail with your dentist.
If you would like to find out more about dental crowns or dental implants, contact River City Dental today by calling (07) 3667 9595 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a lot to understand about dental crowns and implants and whether they are right for you. Our team are happy to support you through these discussions and we can help to deepen your understanding of dental crowns and dental implants before you commit to the process, explaining factors like pros and cons, timeframes, and budget to ensure you have a full understanding of the treatment before proceeding.
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