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Dental Crowns Can Protect Damaged Teeth

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry,Dental Emergencies by UK Dental Tourism on April 24, 2010

Teeth can be damaged in many ways. Chips, cracks and breaks can occur as the result of sporting injury, motor vehicle accidents or from any other kind of head trauma. Broken teeth can be very painful and also expose the sensitive inside parts of the tooth to the risk of infection and disease. Teeth can also be damaged by dental decay and enamel erosion. This again leaves them vulnerable to attack from disease, which could eventually lead to tooth loss. When teeth are damaged in this way it is necessary to protect them from further injury and also to restore the cosmetic appearance.

One of the oldest and most effective ways of protecting teeth is to fit a dental crown over the top. A dental crown is a ceramic or metal and ceramic cap that is designed to fit over the damaged tooth, covering all parts of the tooth above the gum line to act as a barrier to further damage. A  dentist will first need to remove some of the existing enamel so that the crown can fit comfortably over the top. The crown, which will have been made in laboratory conditions to be the same size and shape as the original tooth, will then be cemented over the top using composite bonding.

Crowns are made from metal and ceramic as these are very versatile and strong materials. Ceramics such as porcelain also have a very similar appearance to tooth enamel, giving an improved aesthetic appearance. Once firmly in place the crown will perform all the functions of the original tooth.Crowns are also used after certain dental surgeries and treatments to add a dimension of protection to the teeth.

Dental crowns are commonly manufactured from porcelain, a type of ceramic with a similar consistency and appearance to tooth enamel. Modern crowns are increasingly fabricated using the latest computer-aided technology.CEREC technology now have revolutionized dental restorations.CEREC is a state-of-the-art dental restoration product that has allowed dentists to use computer-aided technology to produce ceramic inlays and crowns. Utilizing new technologies such as 3D imaging, digital x-rays and CAD/CAM, CEREC has allowed teeth restorations to be carried out in only a single visit to a  dentist rather than taking several appointments.CEREC works by creating a digital three-dimensional image of the patient’s mouth that can be stored on a computer.
CEREC technology also limits the need for enamel removal because of the increased degrees of accuracy involved using computer-guided technology.

CEREC is most commonly used to manufacture dental crowns and filling inlays to repair teeth that have been damaged by dental trauma or tooth decay. The ceramic restorations are firmly secured to the teeth with composite resin bonding creating a solid and resilient shield against any further damage to the damaged tooth.Dental crowns are very versatile and useful dental tools that can prevent the need for further treatment. Patients with damaged teeth should make an appointment with a  dentist to discuss the benefits of dental crowns.

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