Why a Dentist Uses Dental Crowns

Posted on: June 5th, 2014 by Sam Khammar
Dental CrownsA dentist will use dental crowns in a variety of procedures in order to protect or improve a tooth.  Overtime the enamel that makes up your teeth will start to wear away.  This makes them susceptible to cavities, infection, and becoming damaged.  Bacteria left on a tooth can lead to cavities and infections that put a tooth in jeopardy of needing to be removed.  However, natural teeth can be preserved by strengthening them, and a crown is one of the ways to do so. When a tooth has become cracked, chipped, or brittle there are several ways to fix it.  Most commonly, a dentist will use a veneer or crown.  A veneer is a good option for correcting small damage, but a crown is necessary when a tooth needs to be protected and restored at the same time.  A veneer is placed on the front of the existing tooth where this surrounds the tooth, acting like a cap.  This prevents bacteria from reaching the tooth and acts as a barrier while eating. Dental crowns are often used to protect a tooth after a root canal has been performed, or when someone has had a major filling.  When a large portion of the tooth has been removed due to infection, a simple filling may not be enough to protect the tooth or to provide the durability that is needed for a patient to eat without reinjuring the area.  A crown can be placed on top of the tooth to provide the additional protection that is needed.  It can also be used to correct a tooth that is severely stained or the wrong shape. There are several types of materials that can be used when creating dental crowns and which one is right for you will depend on what is wrong with your tooth and where it is positioned. For example, metal crowns are extremely durable and have the least likely chance of chipping or breaking.  They are, however, unattractive so they are best for back molars that need to be strong and aren’t necessarily visible.  The front teeth may be better served by using an all-porcelain or all-ceramic crown.  These look natural but are not as strong or durable.  There is also a hybrid solution where porcelain is fused to metal in an attempt to provide the best of both worlds. Our dentist will go over the various options with you and discuss which type of crown is recommended for the tooth that is being worked on. When a crown is needed, it is important to work with an experienced dental professional that understands wear patterns, and how a crown will impact the surrounding teeth.  Our goal is to help patients to stay in the best possible oral health, and we work to make that a reality by providing preventative care, dental treatments, and protecting teeth with solutions like dental crowns.  To learn more about how we can improve your smile, call us and schedule an appointment for your initial dental examination. Tags:

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