Dental Crowns are also considered to be a full Dental Veneer, covering the tooth 360 degrees. Crowns are recommended to cover teeth that are damaged, broken, or worn down. In some cases where your existing teeth are abnormally shaped or worn Crowns are recommended for a smile makeover. Crowns enable the dentists to amend the shape of your tooth completely, adjustments that are sometimes beyond the capability of a Laminate Veneer. Crowns can be sculptured to match your existing teeth, close gaps (bridgework), or create a new smile makeover. They have a longer life span when compared to other dental treatments such as Lumineers. Dental Crowns can be aesthetically fabricated to reflect “light” like natural teeth, and mimic the shape, size, and color of the surrounding teeth. Dental Crowns will also protect your tooth underneath, preserving your natural tooth and gums for a longer period of time.
Dental Crowns can be used in order to achieve a cosmetic result that goes beyond the dental area. Patients report that the results can be seen throughout the facial region, plumping the cheeks, lips and smoothing out lines around the mouth itself, lending a more youthful and refreshed look to the entire face. The Dental Crowns are often employed to great effect to accomplish Smile Makeovers and Dental Facelifts.
Laminate veneers are a rapid, aesthetic, and safe way to correct unattractive front teeth. Porcelain laminate veneers correct heavy permanent stains, teeth that are crooked, disproportionate, small (with spaces), and structurally damaged. Laminate veneers are shells of ceramic material that can be chemically bonded to tooth structure. They are mostly used as cosmetic dentistry procedures and sometimes referred to as the “Hollywood Smile”.
A dental implant is a screw-like device that acts as a base for an artificial tooth. To understand this best, think of any single tooth in your mouth. It has a crown made of enamel, and interior, and a root that fixes the tooth to the jawbone. A dental implant is an artificial form of this root. Dental implants are permanent. They don’t need to be cleaned or taken out for replacement. Once inserted, implants become very much a part of your mouth. Dental implants are commonly prescribed these days. In the U.S. about half a million people each year get a new dental implant. The modern procedure for this was invented in the 1950s when P.I. Branemark, a Swedish orthopedic surgeon, discovered that titanium can fuse with the bone. As a result, most modern dental implants are made from titanium. A dental implant is surgically placed in your jawbone by a qualified dental surgeon. When the procedure is done, there’s a healing period to allow the bone to grow around the implant. This ensures that the dental implant bonds with your jawbone tissue. When the implant is bonded properly, a dentist would place an abutment on top of it. Think of this as the interior of your teeth. The abutment supports the dental crown, which is an artificial product that mimics the enamel in your teeth. Now, you have a complete artificial tooth to replace a missing one.
A dental implant is a fundamental support that allows the artificial tooth to look and function just like a real tooth. You won’t feel a dental implant once it’s in your mouth, much like how you don’t feel the root of your teeth.
Patients should note that getting a dental implant requires several procedures. You may have to consult with a dentist several times first. The dentist would perform several tests and take x-rays to determine whether your jaw structure is suited for dental implants.