What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are coverings that protect the whole surface of your tooth. You can think of them as “shells” that wrap around your tooth and strengthen it while also working to extend its life beyond what a procedure like a dental filling would be able to do. These crowns are often made out of porcelain, however, as we will see in just a bit, there are a variety of options when it comes to dental crowns. You and your dentist can pick the perfect option to suit your needs and your oral health goals.
Why would I need a dental crown?
There are a number of things that could influence your decision to choose a dental crown. Injury to a tooth, for example, could leave it broken or chipped. This is especially common in individuals who like to play a lot of sports, as these are often high intensity activities that can result in a lot of force impacting your face and mouth. If your tooth becomes fractured or cracked, it is a good idea to have a crown placed in order to maintain your natural smile while also working to protect what is left of the tooth in question. Extremely decayed teeth as well as fillings that have become fractured are other reasons for dental crowns. Finally, dental crowns might also be an option if you are not happy with the way that your teeth look when you smile. Crowns can help change the appearance of your teeth, including their width, length, color, size, and overall shape.
What kinds of dental crowns are there?
In general, there are three dental crowns that are the most commonly used. These are gold crowns, all porcelain crowns, and porcelain that has been fused to metal crowns. It is a good idea to speak with your dentist and get their advice as to which kind of crown is the best option for you. When it comes to the front teeth, all porcelain crowns are generally the best choice as they are the most natural-looking, however molars would benefit from something like a gold crown that stands up extremely well to pressure and use. Porcelain crowns that are fused to metal are a good compromise between a natural appearance and a durable product.
To learn more about dental crowns and how they can help with your dental needs, contact us today at 971-470-0045to schedule an evaluation!