Dental crown is a restorative treatment which completely caps a damaged tooth or dental implant. It is bonded to the tooth in order to aid in the treatment of damaged or decayed teeth, as it helps to strengthen the tooth structure. When cemented in place, a crown fully encases the portion of a tooth that lies above the gum line. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. Dental crowns may be needed in the following situations:
- If a tooth has been broken or severely worn down.
- If a filling needs to be replaced (because of decay or fracture) but there isn’t a lot of sound tooth left to support a filling. In this case, it may be needed after root canal treatment as it aids in restoring strength to the tooth.
- To cover a misshapen or discolored tooth in a situation where a veneer or cosmetic filling would not be suitable.
- To hold a dental bridge in place.
- To cover an implant.
Dental crowns can be made from different materials, most common are porcelain crowns and ceramic crowns. Porcelain crowns are designed to look and feel natural as your original tooth and at the same time, allows for functionality of the tooth to be restored and a natural bite and smile reinforced. On the other hand, ceramic crowns are ideally suited to people who have minimal space within their mouth for a crown or prefer something which has a natural appearance. They are made from a thinner material which results in a lighter crown.
In general, dental crowns offer protection and reliability to ensure that you can confidently smile and speak with ease. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Hooshangi and learn more about crowns and the best option for you.