February 2, 2017
Sharks can regrow thousands of teeth in their lives. Alligators can regrow their teeth 50 times.
But people only regrow our teeth once. After we lose our primary teeth and our permanent teeth come in, that’s it.
The American College of Prosthodontists estimates that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. When you add all the people with chipped, broken, cracked, and worn-down teeth, you have a whole lot of people who have a reason to get a dental crown or dental bridge.
If you live in Boynton Beach, FL, our dentist office provides both of these services as part of our restorative dentistry. Dr. Hugh Rosenblatt wants you to be happy with your smile, and he wants you to have a healthy mouth.
Dental Crowns & Their Many Uses
You could say that dental crowns are the building blocks of restorative dentistry. Crowns have been around in one shape or form for centuries.
Historically, we know that the Etruscans were using gold to make dental crowns thousands of years ago. Other materials including ivory, animal bones, stones, and seashells have also been used to replace lost teeth over the centuries.
Ceramics have been used to create stronger and more lifelike crowns since the late 1890s. The BruxZir zirconia dental crowns we offer at our dentist office in Boynton Beach, FL, are evidence of this.
Zirconia crowns are known for their natural appearance and their durability.
In modern dentistry, we make every effort to save as many teeth or as much of a tooth as we can. Dental crowns can be used both to repair teeth that have been damaged or to as part of replacements for teeth that are missing.
So why might you need a dental crown?
▷ You have a broken tooth.
Accidents happen all the time. People fall. People get hit in the mouth with basketball, baseballs, and footballs. People bite into hard candy, unpopped kernels of popcorn, and the occasional olive pit.
Any or all of these things could cause your tooth to break or crack.
A dental crown can be used to repair your tooth to its full shape and size.
▷ You have a decayed tooth.
In a perfect world, you won’t ever have a cavity. Statistics say you have more than a 90 percent chance of having at least one cavity in your life.
Small cavities can be repaired with dental fillings, but larger cavities may require a dental crown to restore the appearance and the function of your tooth.
▷ You have worn-down teeth.
Wear and tear happen to anything that you use often, and we use our teeth every day. A dental crown can be used to build back your tooth.
▷ You are missing a tooth.
In this case, a dental crown is half of the solution. Dental crowns replace the natural crowns of your teeth. To replace the roots, you need dental implants.
An implant holding a dental crown can create the closest thing you will get to a brand new tooth.
If Dr. Rosenblatt can help you with all of the issues mentioned above, call 561-877-3802.
Fill The Gaps With Dental Bridges
Remember when we referred to dental crowns as the building blocks of restorative dentistry? This is why. Dental crowns can be fused together to create dental bridges.
Dental bridges can be used to replace one or more teeth.
Traditional bridges are made by bonding crowns to the teeth on each side of the gap in your smile. Those teeth are reshaped to provide support for the dental bridge.
This kind of bridge is missing something, however. There’s nothing below the crowns that replace the missing teeth in your smile.
This is why you may prefer an implant-supported dental bridge. Using one or more dental implants, we can anchor your bridge in place. The number of implants will vary based on the size and location of your bridge.
The implants help by making your dental bridge more secure and stable. Another benefit of this kind of dental bridge is that we don’t have to do anything to your other teeth to hold it in position.
See Your Smile As Good As It’s Ever Been
With a dental crown or dental bridge, Dr. Rosenblatt can restore both you smile and the function of your damaged or lost teeth.
To learn more or to make an appointment at our Boynton Beach, FL, dentist office, contact us online or call 561-877-3802.