When Is a Dental Crown Needed?
Nothing is more appealing than a healthy, beautiful smile. Taking care of your teeth and ensuring any issue is immediately addressed will keep that smile glowing. Your dentist may recommend that you treat a condition using a dental crown. A crown can cover a tooth to strengthen it, to restore it to its normal shape and size, to alleviate pain, or to improve its appearance.
What Is a Dental Crown?
Your tooth is made up of a root and crown. The part of your tooth above the gum line is called a clinical crown. A dental crown or cap is a restoration that covers the outside of your clinical crown, restoring its shape, size, and strength, and improving its appearance. Dental crowns can be made from stainless steel, a metal such as gold or another alloy, porcelain fused to metal, all resin, or all ceramic.
Do I Need a Dental Crown?
There are a variety of situations where you will need your tooth to be restored using a dental crown. If you have a large cavity, you will need a dental crown to cover it, to strengthen your weakened tooth and avoid fracturing it. Root canal treatments leave your teeth hollowed out and prone to cracking, also requiring crowns.
You may need a crown if you suffer from cracked tooth syndrome, where you have fractures inside a tooth that cause pain when you chew on it. A crown redistributes stress evenly, eliminating the pain in most cases.
Excessive wear of teeth caused by grinding or acid erosion may leave them shorter or wear away your enamel leaving small, soft teeth. Over time, your bite may collapse, and the only way to restore your teeth is by covering them with crowns.
If you do not like the way your teeth look due to color, shape, or visible gaps, crowns can make them look natural and beautiful. Dental veneers are a form of cosmetic crowns that enhance the look of your front teeth.
Crowns are also used to restore teeth by attaching them to dental implants and are used hold a dental bridge in place. If your teeth are loose, crowns can be placed on multiple teeth to keep them together, providing them with more stability.
Your dentists at Joy Dental are here to answer all your questions and to help you determine if crowns are right for your condition. We treat our patients like our family and are committed to providing the best care available. Choose to restore your teeth and to enjoy your radiant smile once again!