Dental Crowns

Save Your Teeth with Dental Crowns

Sometimes no matter how we take good care of our teeth, something happens, like a cavity forms on what used to be healthy tooth or you accidentally bit a chicken bone and cracked a molar. These instances warrant a visit to the dentist, who may recommend dental crowns.

Crowns vs. Fillings

A porcelain crown is like a cap cemented on resized tooth to restore its appearance and function. It’s different from a filling because the latter is used to fill a cavity or a crack in a tooth. A crown is used to cover the entire portion of the tooth above the gum line to strengthen the tooth and protect it from further breakdown. It’s also built to mimic the natural shape of the teeth. On top of that, it improves the shape of your tooth and its alignment with the other teeth.

Saving the Teeth

Restoring the contour of a tooth is important in maintaining its function and its health. This is why crowns are ideal for damaged or fractured teeth. Accidents that alter the natural shape of the teeth make them susceptible to buildup of food debris, bacteria, and later, decay.

There are several instances when a crown is necessary. Teeth that have been broken or damaged by decay or subject to root canal treatment are good candidates for dental crowns. The purpose is to strengthen the teeth, prevent further destruction of the enamel, and prevent complications due to damage and decay.

Crowns, Bridges, and Implants

Other instances wherein crowns are necessary is when having dental implants or bridges. Installing a crown is one of the final steps in setting up dental implants. This is done after the post has fused with the jawbone. Another instance is when having dental bridges placed to fill a gap left by a lost tooth. Crowns on teeth adjacent to the gap are used to secure the “false tooth” in place.

Improve Your Smile

While the main purpose of crowns is to fix the teeth, it inadvertently improves the appearance of your teeth and fixes aesthetic problems (e.g. cracks and cavities). This is true in case of porcelain crowns. Metal crowns are not so popular if you’re worried about people noticing a gold tooth in your mouth.