Dental Crowns: Protection for damaged or missing teeth
A crown is a tooth shaped cap that is affixed to a tooth to protect it from damage, or as a preventive or corrective solution to dental problems. Crowns are generally made using ceramic or porcelain in order to give them a closer appearance and function to natural teeth.
Some patients also opt for crowns made of acrylic, gold or metal alloys, as these materials are stronger and longer lasting than ceramic and porcelain.
A number of dental treatments require the use of a dental crown. Some of these cases are listed below:
- If a tooth is severely discolored and regular teeth whitening methods cannot correct its color, a crown can be used as a cover for such a tooth to hide stains and discolorations and help match the appearance with the rest of the teeth.
- A crown can restore the shape of a misshapen or cracked tooth, and can also help you chew your food properly.
- If a tooth does not have enough material to hold a large filling, a crown can be used as a replacement instead.
- A crown can cover a damaged tooth and protect it from further damage and fracture.
- A crown can also be used as a protective cover for a fractured tooth.
- A dental crown can be used to cover a tooth on which root canal has been performed. It prevents the root from getting infected and also reduces pain.
Dental Bridges are used to cover the gap caused by missing teeth. Bridges are made with ceramic or porcelain, and are cemented into the gap between the missing teeth. This prevents the other natural teeth from becoming misaligned due to the gap. Bridges allow you to restore the lost function of your teeth so that you can chew more easily and also help in improving the look of your teeth by covering gaps.
Crowns and Dental Implants
Crowns are also used as a cover for sites where dental implants have been installed to act as a protective covering and give the look of a natural tooth. When used with dental implants, crowns stay in place permanently and feel much more natural than dentures, allowing one to eat, speak, sneeze, cough and laugh more freely.
If your teeth are missing or damaged, call us at (904) 688-3056 to get more information about crowns and bridges.