When a tooth sustains damage, has a very large filling or root canal therapy, a dental crown may be advised. Dental crowns are a general dental treatment that adds an extra layer of protection for weakened teeth.
When much of the exterior surface of the tooth has been lost the remainder is subject to more stress with chewing than normal. In the case of root canal therapy, since the nerve is gone, the rest of the tooth can become brittle. Dental crowns add strength and stability to a tooth whose natural structure has been compromised.
Dental crowns can be manufactured with a variety of materials. Which materials are used depends on where the crown will be placed and other factors including the age of the patient. Cost factors into the decision as well as the purpose of the crown. Stainless steel crowns are among the least expensive and are sometimes used when primary teeth need to be crowned. Gold crowns are known for their stability and longevity. These are more expensive crowns and manufactured with a gold alloy. Another choice for longevity and stability is porcelain fused to metal. These crowns are also aesthetically pleasing; the natural tooth-like appearance appeals to most patients.
Dental materials have advanced, so that ceramic and resin crowns are now more durable than ever before. Both these and porcelain fused to metal are colored to match your existing teeth. This leaves you with a beautiful, intact smile while protection is provided for your tooth.
If you have a tooth that has been damaged or cracked and it can be saved, adding a crown for protection will give that tooth a better chance of lasting for years. Without the protective cover of a crown, the tooth is more susceptible to further damage due to the forces it will undergo in regular daily living. The strength and stability that a crown provides can add years to the viability of the tooth. Porcelain fused to metal, resin or ceramic crowns not only protect your tooth, they also provide you with an appealing smile.
If you have a damaged tooth, one that has a large filling or has had root canal treatment, contact The Grove Family Dentistry today to find out more about your options for getting your tooth crowned. Protect your teeth and maintain your oral health.