Uses of dental caps for Greenwood, SC patients
General and cosmetic dentists use dental crowns regularly in their practices. Crowns provide a number of benefits and are extremely versatile. Also known as dental caps, they are used to protect teeth, disguise imperfections, complete crown and bridge units, and finish surgical restorations such as dental implants.
The primary goal of a dental crown is to safeguard a weakened or broken tooth. Whether a tooth has a large crack, significant filling, or has undergone root canal therapy, a dental crown can be bonded over the top to protect it from further damage. A compromised tooth that is left unprotected may continue to experience damage, eventually requiring extraction. A dental crown reduce this risk.
Similar to porcelain veneers, dental crowns can be used to cover imperfections in teeth. Those that are permanently stained or discolored may benefit from the placement of crowns, and teeth that are chipped or unattractively shaped may also be addressed.
Complete Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is created to restore a smile after a tooth or several have been lost. A bridge utilizes dental crowns on adjacent teeth at each end of the gap to anchor a pontic, or artificial tooth. The bridge is bonded to crowns on adjoining teeth to hold the replacement tooth in place and restore the smile.
Finish Dental Implants
A dental implant can be used as a stand-alone restoration comparable to a bridge to replace a missing tooth. A dental implant is a titanium post that Dr. Griffin surgically places into the bone. The restoration is completed with a dental crown on top. As with most crowns, this type of restoration is made to blend aesthetically with existing teeth and help restore functionality of the dental arch. In situations such as this, the dental crown is created as a full tooth instead of just a partial dental cap.
Dental crowns are strong, beautiful, and affordable solutions for many dental situations. Adult patients may find that crowns are the best restoration for both cosmetic and general dentistry needs. Dr. Griffin assists patients in determining if dental crowns are right for their smiles and their unique dental situations.