Dental crowns are one of the most common restorative dental procedures performed. According to the American Dental Association, over 15 million people in the U.S. currently have one. These procedures are performed when your teeth are worn out, your tooth is broken, your tooth is severely decayed, or your tooth needs a root canal. Crowns help restore the functionality of your tooth and make it aesthetically pleasing. Our staff at Roth Family Dentistry can perform a seamless dental crown procedure for you.
What Is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are prosthetic teeth that are directly sealed over your current tooth. They are commonly referred to as caps and are usually used to cover a tooth that has been heavily damaged. You may require a dental crown if your tooth needs its appearance or strength improved, needs to be restored in shape and size, or requires treatment to return your smile to normal.
When Are Dental Crowns Used?
There are several instances where our staff might recommend dental crowns. If you have weak teeth, dental crowns are often a permanent fix to help strengthen them. Teeth can be weakened from breaks, chips, cracks, or decay. A dental crown is placed over the tooth to help hold it together and prevent bacteria from entering the tooth, which can lead to an infection. It also prevents the tooth from breaking or chipping and returns full functionality.
Dental crowns are also used to restore teeth that were broken from severe blows or impacts. They can also be used to replace worn-down teeth. They generally improve the aesthetic of your smile and may be recommended for discolored or misshapen teeth that cannot be fixed by other means.
Crowns can also help support dental bridges. Since traditional bridges require two healthy teeth on both sides of the bridge, if your teeth are weak on either side, crowns can increase the strength of your teeth to make a dental bridge possible.
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The Different Types of Dental Crowns
When you choose a dental crown, there are several options in the type of material used for it. Each material has different pros and cons, including overall longevity, so our staff is here to help you make that decision.
Metal crowns are made from either cobalt-chromium, gold, nickel-chromium, or platinum. Metal is one of the strongest materials and is both durable and long-lasting since it can withstand pressure from biting and chewing. It is also resistant to breaking or chipping. However, the drawback is the color, but if they are placed over a molar, they are less easily seen.
Resin and ceramic crowns are frequently used because they are close in color to your teeth and look natural. They are also great for people who are allergic to metals.
Stainless steel crowns are another type of crown, but they are usually used temporarily. As a result, they work well for children since they are both cost-effective and require a single procedure. When the baby teeth fall out, the crowns fall out with it.
If you require a dental crown, our staff at Roth Family Dentistry is here to help you. Give us a call today at 406-728-2745 to schedule your appointment.