How Technology Has Improved Dental Crowns

Posted on: August 21st, 2014 by Sam Khammar
Dental CrownsThere have been advancements in dental care that have made dental crowns a more convenient solution than ever.  A crown is used for strengthening a tooth in addition to restoring it by placing a cap around the entire tooth.  It can provide the stability a damaged tooth needs for a person to be able to eat comfortably. There are many reasons why a person would need to wear a crown.  One of the most common is a root canal.  When a tooth becomes infected, the infection can spread into the center of the tooth and the roots.  Once there, a person is likely to experience severe oral pain.  The best way to treat this condition is by performing a root canal.  In this procedure the infected area of the tooth is removed entirely as are the roots.  Dr. Khammar will also remove any lingering bacteria from the area before sealing it up with a filling.  Since a portion of the tooth has been removed, a filling alone is typically not enough to restore the tooth to full strength.  This creates the need for a crown to finish the procedure. Dental crowns are also used to restore a tooth that has become cracked or damaged in an accident.  When part of the tooth breaks off it can be impossible to bite down on it in addition to hurting the appearance of the tooth.  Placing a dental crown on top can restore the appearance and functionality of the tooth so that a person can eat normally and without pain.  They are also used in cosmetic dentistry procedures.  Teeth that have become severely stained or are different lengths can have crowns placed around them so that their appearance looks uniform and beautiful. Previously, dental crowns were made of all-metal materials which made them stand out and made many people hesitant to get them.  They were traditionally reserved for the back teeth due to this reason.  Modern dental technology has improved to the point that crowns are now made of all-ceramic, ceramic-on-metal, and all-metal so that patients can choose the best option for their particular situation.  There are clear benefits to each type of material.  All-metal is still the best for back molars since they endure the most pressure during eating.  Ceramic-on-metal is an excellent hybrid solution because it provides the stability of metal with the appearance of ceramic.  The only challenge is that the ceramic won’t last as long as the metal underneath so some patients start to see a line of metal poking through the ceramic after several years.  All-ceramic looks the most natural and is ideal for front teeth.  They will need to be replaced sooner than an all-metal crown but are extremely effective at strengthening front teeth in a natural looking way. Dr. Khammar offers a variety of restorative dentistry solutions for patients.  In order to find out which options are best for you, schedule a dental exam.  He will make a recommendation based on your oral health and lifestyle goals. Tags:

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