In a world where your teeth can’t repair themselves, a durable, custom-crafted replica of your tooth can prove invaluable when it comes to protecting a weak tooth from further damage or destruction. Known as dental crowns, these replicas have long been a staple of effective dental health care and have helped many patients avoid the need to extract a compromised tooth. Today, we explain why you might need a dental crown, and how dental implants have revolutionized the benefits of the time-honored dental restorations.
Why Dental Crowns Are Needed
Although your teeth are the strongest part of your body, they can’t repair themselves damaged or diseased. For instance, treating tooth decay involves removing the infected structure and replacing it with a manmade dental filling. When a significant amount of decay is extracted, such as with a root canal procedure, then your tooth can become weak. In such cases, we may recommend placing a dental crown over the tooth for future protection. Cracked, fractured, or significantly chipped teeth are also excellent candidates for dental crowns, and when coupled with a dental implant, a crown can even replace a missing tooth.
Dental Implants—The Lower Half of a Dental Crown
A dental implant is a titanium post designed to mimic a tooth’s root, much like a dental crown mimics the top part of the tooth. Dental implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone and serve as prosthetic tooth roots to support your replacement teeth. For a single lost tooth, an implant can be topped with a dental crown to restore your lost tooth’s root-and-crown structure. By replacing the dental bridge, which relies on the support of adjacent teeth, a dental implant-supported dental crown offers a discrete and durable solution to tooth loss.
ABOUT YOUR SOUTHLAKE DENTISTS:
As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.