A crown is a full coverage restoration that is used when a tooth is no longer stable enough to accept a standard filling. It is most commonly done after a root canal or when a large filling cracks or breaks down. The less tooth structure remaining, the more likely a crown will be required. Because the muscles of the jaw are the strongest in the human body, the teeth are subjected to tremendous pressures. A crown is placed over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protection.
It takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. During the first one, all decay is removed and the tooth is prepared to accept the crown. Then an impression of the prepared tooth is sent to the lab for use in fabricating the crown. The crown is generally made of high-strength porcelain over gold alloy, all ceramic material, or gold. Between appointments a temporary crown is worn. During the second visit, the temporary is removed, and the permanent crown is adjusted as needed, and then cemented in place.
TEMPOROMANDIBULAR (TMJ) TREATMENTS
Two joints (TMJ) and several muscles and ligaments make it possible for the jaw to open and close the mouth. These joints are found on the mandible, or lower jaw which joins the temporal bone of the skull immediately in front of the ear on each side of the head. When these joints aren't moving properly, pain may arise. To find the source of the pain, the dentist will do an exam. Some of the conditions he may be looking for are:
Often these TMJ disorder can be alleviated by having the patient wear a plastic removable bite splint. It is best to seek the advice of the dentist so he can determine the best treatment for each patient.
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