A dental crown is a customizable tooth-shaped cap placed over the tooth for cosmetic enhancements, or for the tooth’s protection. The primary purposes of dental crowns are to help restore the tooth’s strength, size, and shape. The crown fully encases the visible part of the tooth that is above the jawline. Dental crowns are one of the many ways Jason Widner DMD Family Dentistry helps you restore your teeth to their natural state.
When Would I Need a Dental Crown?
There are various situations when a dental crown will be required. Crowns may be needed to restore the structure of a broken or worn down tooth, to fill the cavities in a decayed tooth, to cover a dental implant, to improve cosmetic appearance, or to cover discolored or misshapen teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?
Today, porcelain, ceramic, and porcelain-metal mix dental crowns are custom matched to your existing tooth’s color and are designed specifically for your smile to provide the best, most aesthetically pleasing results. When cemented into place, these ceramic restorations encase the entire tooth, thereby giving you a bright and sparkling smile.
Dental crowns are used to cover a dental implant to work together with your existing natural teeth comfortably. They also act as a protective cover, protecting a weak tooth from further damage, or to hold together parts of a fractured tooth.
One of the most obvious advantages is that capping of the tooth looks, feels, and functions like your natural teeth and restores your overall bite strength, thereby improving your ability to bike down comfortably. A high-quality dental crown can help your upper and lower teeth meet properly and maintain a balanced bite.
Who is the Right Candidate for Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are a good option to consider for patients whose teeth have sustained severe damage. It is also an ideal solution to yellow or discolored teeth.
Dental crowns also serve as an alternative to pulling the loose, chipped, or cracked tooth, or replacing it with a prosthetic tooth. Patients who grind their teeth cannot chew food comfortably and/or whose bite is not aligned properly can benefit from dental crowns.
Patients who have undergone a root canal will need a dental crown. People with an especially large dental filling may also need a dental crown to preserve their tooth. Those who have lost their teeth to a traumatic injury or periodontal disease can also benefit from crowns.
Most importantly, dental crowns are most suitable when healthy dental structures and gums are present to support the crown. Healthy gums anchor crowns firmly in place and ensures the most effective cementation of the crown.
If you have teeth that have become severely damaged or decayed, it is important to restore their structure, strength, and function to improve smile aesthetics and boost your confidence. The dental crown procedure can be a great solution for patients with weakened or traumatized teeth. Cosmetically, dental crowns are tooth-shaped, natural-colored coverings applied over the tooth’s surface to restore its shape, size, and strength.
Crowns will also hide surface imperfections and improve function. For more information, and to find out how you can benefit from dental crowns, call Jason Widner DMD Family Dentistry at 425-868-0123 today.