Biological teeth can be big or small, misshapen or straight, stained or pearly white … depending on the condition of the teeth, dental crowns may be an asset to your smile.
There are many cosmetic procedures that can enhance your smile. But there are multiple conditions where dental crowns are the treatment of choice including;
- Broken tooth – When a tooth breaks, the best option to salvage the tooth while providing a natural result is with a crown. Available in different materials, this tooth now stands a chance to sustain the patient for life.
- Complete root canal therapy – When a patient requires endodontic care, very often the tooth is sealed with a crown. During a root canal, the tooth is opened to remove the contents of the canal including blood, pulp, and nerve tissue. At the conclusion of treatment, the opening must be sealed, and a dental crown is most often employed for this.
- Decay repair – When a tooth has already sustained repair, and additional drilling will risk the tooth, a crown may be recommended. In addition to full dental crowns, there are also partial crowns known as onlays and inlays. Their use means less of the natural tooth must be removed.
- Fixed bridge/denture – Tooth loss generally means some type of restoration must be placed to compensate for that loss. Patients desiring a fixed appliance will usually have crowns placed on abutment teeth with the replacement teeth (pontics) in between those crowns.
- Dental implants – Another process to compensate for tooth loss, the final restoration used to complete the implant process is a crown that will be permanently cemented to the implant.
Crowns may be made from different materials and are available to meet needs from economic to location in the mouth. Crowns needed in the smile line will likely be made from porcelain. Their anatomy and shading will provide the most natural and lifelike restoration available. In fact, your dental crown made from porcelain is stain resistant, and will look so natural it will be difficult to tell real from fabricated.
Our experienced dental team will work with you to determine the best treatment for your particular needs. Call us today to learn more.