Has your dentist recommended dental crowns to enhance your smile or restore your teeth? Are you wondering if a crown is necessary? When a crown is recommended to restore a damaged or diseased tooth, it is a necessity. Having a crown placed over a damaged tooth will allow patients to retain biological tooth structure and protect a tooth from becoming critically diseased. In these instances, a crown can prevent the need for extraction and the development of an abscess. Dental crowns have cosmetic protocols as well. They can be used to improve the appearance of worn, jagged, diseased, and stained teeth. If a crown is recommended for cosmetic reasons only, it may not be necessary but beneficial nonetheless.
What are dental crowns, exactly?
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped restorations that fit over a tooth like a cap. When a crown is placed, it will cover all around a tooth’s structure that is visible above the gums. A crown is hollowed out on the inside to accommodate the biological tooth. It is permanently bonded to a tooth so that it can provide a sturdy surface for oral function.
What makes up a dental crown?
A few different materials can be used for fabricating crowns. Most common are metals like gold or silver, which are very durable—especially for the back teeth. Although metals are durable, they are noticeable. There are more natural looking alternatives available such as all porcelain and porcelain fused to metal. Crowns made from porcelain closely resemble natural tooth structure so that patients can enjoy a restoration that doesn’t affect the aesthetics of their smile.
Why are dental crowns custom made?
Dental crowns are custom made because people’s teeth and mouths are different sizes. Since a crown must fit over an entire tooth, it must be made to very exact measurements. Not only should a crown rebuild a tooth to its rightful size, it should fit between teeth for optimal oral function. Dental crowns are made by trained technicians in laboratory settings to ensure that our patients receive high quality and long lasting restorations.
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