Teeth can suffer damage for many reasons. Damage may occur due to the ageing process, grinding, poor oral hygiene, poor diet or trauma. When damage does occur then a veneer, crown or implant may be needed. Below we briefly explain what they are and why they are used.
A crown is basically a cover for a tooth that has been badly damaged due to decay or trauma. The crown resembles the natural shape of the tooth and is cemented over the remaining tooth stump. It is therefore permanent and can be used as a ‘normal’ tooth. Many crowns are fitted after root canal treatment when the tooth has become damaged.
Veneers are also used to protect and cover the tooth, but are used when there has been less damage. So they are more commonly used when a tooth has been chipped or discoloured. Veneers are made from porcelain and are custom made for each individual tooth. They are resin bonded and are most commonly used on front teeth.
Dental implants are needed when there are missing teeth. During a surgical procedure a titanium post is screwed into the jaw. Onto this a crown or dental bridge is cemented into place. The purpose of the implant is that it acts as a false root. One important note is that dental implants need a healthy and strong jaw in order to be effective.
The Major Benefits of Implants
Dental implants have many benefits. As well as being incredibly safe, they are also comfortable and very effective for replacing any missing teeth.
The Natural Look
The real beauty is that the dental implant can look incredibly natural and like natural teeth. This is more so than dentures.
Do Not Need to be Removed
Implants are fixed into the jaw. They are permanent, unlike dentures which need to be removed and cleaned at night. The implant will not slip or shift when in the mouth and so creates a more natural feel, especially when talking. Dentures can also rub and create sore gums, something that implants will not do.
Chewing and Eating
Implants make eating and the process of chewing incredibly easy. This is due to the fact that they act just as natural teeth.
Implants are incredibly long lasting. Many individuals can enjoy their dental implants for as long as 20 years. Good oral hygiene is needed, just as when caring for ‘normal’ teeth.