Dental Crowns: Restoring the Usefulness of Your Natural Teeth
Our teeth face wear and tear constantly. Teeth can face erosion or become weak, resulting in pain. This is where dental crowns come into play. With a crown, your natural tooth will be restored to its original usefulness, all while protecting it from further damage. Dental crowns become necessary for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, crowns are used to protect weak teeth from fractures or to restore teeth that have already fractured. They can also cover teeth that have undergone root canal treatment. Dental crowns may be required in order to replace a large filling. Simply put, dental crowns are able to restore the damaged tooth’s original shape and strength.
How Dental Crowns Work
Dental crowns differ from dental implants in one very important aspect: crowns make use of your existing tooth while implants are completely new additions to your oral landscape. In order to affix the crown to the tooth in question, the dentist will first shape the tooth in order to allow the crown to fit accordingly. The crown is then made to fit in with the rest of your natural teeth. The crown will boast the same color and shape as the rest of your teeth. Once the crown is ready, it will be permanently cemented or bonded onto the existing tooth. Crowns are excellent options for individuals who have just one or a few damaged or decayed teeth. Since they’re specifically made to fit in with the rest of your teeth, in order of shape and appearance, the crown will look no different than its natural neighbors.
What Makes a Crown
There are different types of crowns available. Some options look more natural while others are more resilient. Depending on your specific situation, we’ll be able to create the right crown. The following are the main types of dental crowns available:
This option is commonly used to restore front-facing teeth since the material used looks and feels exactly like natural teeth. Ceramic crowns, which are made of a porcelain-based material, blend perfectly with their surroundings.
- Porcelain-fused to metal
This option is more durable than ceramic since it’s connected to a metal structure. It also provides a stronger bond, all while retaining the same color and characteristics of natural teeth.
- Gold alloys
Alloys mix several metals (in this case, gold, copper, and other metals) in order to provide a strong bond that will not fracture or cause any wear on the tooth itself. These crowns do look like gold so they’re more noticable which is why they tend to be placed on molars.
Dental decay can lead to a painful life. If you’re ready to stop suffering, visit Nucleo Dental today. We specialize in all aspects of general and cosmetic dentistry which means we’re able to craft dental crowns that will suit your needs and look just like your other teeth. In essence, crowns are meant to serve two purposes. They should restore your damaged tooth while looking as natural as possible. We strive to offer this to our patients. Contact us today to learn more about how dental crowns can benefit you.