With time, our teeth can become damaged from years of wear and tear. They can also become diseased when tooth enamel is weakened. Worn teeth require repair because they’re more susceptible to developing dental caries and damage such as chips and cracks. Fortunately, a restoration such as a dental crown can help you protect existing tooth structure, enjoy comfortable oral function, and prevent future damage to weak teeth.
The Basics on Dental Crowns
A dental crown is an extensive dental restoration. It covers all sides of a tooth as well as its biting surfaces. One can liken a dental crown to a cap since it covers all of a tooth’s structure above the gums.
Crowns can be constructed from metals such as gold, silver, and zirconia along with natural-looking materials such as porcelain. Those desiring discreet dental work will enjoy that porcelain and porcelain fused to metal crowns mimic biologic tooth structure.
Why Dental Crowns are Used
Dental crowns are utilized for a number of reasons. Many times, crowns are placed to restore badly decayed and broken teeth. A crown is beneficial for protecting worn, chipped, and cracked teeth from additional wear as well as exposure to bacteria and teeth-weakening acid.
They also have cosmetic benefits when tooth-colored materials are chosen for their construction. A white crown can hide imperfections including intrinsic and extrinsic tooth stains. Multiple crowns can be placed over visibly damaged teeth to produce a smile makeover, too.
Custom Dental Crowns
Since dental crowns fit over existing tooth structure and in between other teeth, they must be custom made. We offer two options for custom-made crowns: those made in dental laboratories and same-day CEREC crowns.
Crowns made in dental laboratories can be constructed from metals and/or porcelain. These restorations take a few weeks to complete since they are made off-site. Our practice also offers CEREC crowns, which are milled on site from ceramic blocks. CEREC crowns can be placed much quicker than conventional crowns by utilizing advanced technology.
If you have questions about dental restorations, call Parker-Nickolas-Read Dental to schedule a consultation with our dentist. We can help you navigate treatment options to suit your unique needs.