Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and Bridges from Mark A. Venincasa, DDS

By: Mark A. Venincasa, DDS  06/23/2014
Keywords: Bridges, Dental Crown, Chipped Teeth

Many molars and premolars, or bicuspids, may have a need for root canal therapy. This may occur because of extensive decay, a deep crack, a history of trauma, or an infection or abscess. In performing the root canal procedure, the hollow inside of the tooth is cleaned, sterilized, and filled with a rubbery material. Since the blood supply of the tooth no longer exists, and because the tooth is filled with the filling material, the tooth is dried out and more brittle. This makes the tooth more likely to break. In order to protect the tooth, a crown is very often placed on these back teeth in order to provide strength and to protect the tooth from breaking. These crowns may be tooth-colored or made of gold. Tooth-colored crowns of course look very natural and nice. However, these crowns can crack or break like a tooth can. Dentists can determine the relative risk of having one of these tooth-colored crowns. For the very back teeth, we recommend gold crowns. While we realize they are not near as natural looking, these crowns are very strong and do not crack or break. These gold crowns can last a lifetime in even the strongest of grinders. Oftentimes these gold crowns are not even visible because of their location. The images displayed are from an actual patient in our office. We did provide the root canal services as well as the gold crown service. This result was very nice. We expect this patient to be pain-free and to have a gold crown restoration that has a nice potential to last for many years. If you have an interest in finding out more about our quality-oriented, value-conscious, and patient-centered dental practice, we invite you to contact us at (972) 250-2580.

Keywords: Bridges, Chipped Teeth, Dental Crown

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