Did You Know a Dental Crown Can Replace a Lost Tooth?
If you’ve ever suffered severe tooth decay or damage to your tooth’s structure, then you may already be familiar with the benefits of a dental crown. As a replica of the visible portion of your tooth (your tooth’s natural crown), a fabricated dental crown can be placed over a compromised tooth to protect it from further injury during everyday use. However, did you know that, in some cases, a dental crown can also be used to replace a lost or irreversibly damaged tooth? Your Clinton dentist, Dr. Christopher Clark, explains how a dental implant and crown can serve as the most durable replacement for your lost tooth.
It’s All About the Support
Traditionally, if you lost one tooth or several teeth in a row, then a dental bridge would be required to fill the gap and restore your mouth’s function. Using crowns on either side of the dental prosthetic, a dental bridge is secured to the remaining teeth adjacent to the gap, called abutment teeth. By contrast, an implant-supported dental crown relies on a fabricated tooth root that mimics your natural tooth roots and is anchored into your jawbone. By recreating the tooth’s root, you can replace your lost tooth sturdily without the need to disturb surrounding healthy teeth.
Other Uses for Dental Crowns
If your tooth is compromised, then a dental crown may help you avoid the need for replacing your lost tooth. Common conditions that can be effectively addressed with a dental crown include, but are not limited to;
- Severe tooth stains
- Advanced tooth decay
- Crack/fractured tooth
- Tooth treated with root canal therapy