The crown of your tooth is the visible biting surface. This part does a lot of work, from biting and chewing to allowing you to speak clearly. To help it along, it is covered in a hard, mineralized material called enamel.
Enamel is tough, but even the toughest minerals can be cracked, decayed, or eroded. Enamel is no exception. When enamel is weak, it can’t protect the teeth like it needs to. This is where cavities come from.
Most of the time, a cavity can be cleaned and filled with very little trouble, but if the breakage or decay has spread too far, the only way to protect the rest of the tooth is to create a replacement crown.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a replacement cap that is placed over any tooth that has lost too much protective enamel. This safely seals the inside of the tooth, which keeps out foreign particles and prevents extreme temperature sensitivity. A crown will also restore your biting surface, which improves chewing, biting, and speaking.
There are various types of materials available to you, ranging from porcelain crowns to metal ones. Each has advantages and disadvantages, which we will be happy to help you learn about.
A CEREC machine is a mill that can be used right here in our Boca Raton office. This mill takes information about your mouth and its needs and uses it to create a custom-designed dental appliance—all while you’re still sitting in the dental chair.
Just one of the many things a CEREC mill can make is a new dental crown that is perfectly matched to look, feel, and work just like a natural tooth.
What are Dental Bridges?
If you’re missing a tooth completely, a dental bridge is just one of the many options available to restore your full bite.
Bridges are a variation on the traditional dental crown. A crown is placed over the adjacent teeth on either side of the gap. Between these anchoring crowns, a set of one or more synthetic teeth will bridge that gap. This bridge can return your mouth to full function once again.
Call Us Here in Our Boca Raton Dental Office
If you’re in need of either a crown or a bridge, get in contact with us right away. We’ll answer any questions you might have and set you up with an appointment. We look forward to seeing you here in our Boca Raton office.