Your teeth perform a vital role in many oral functions, like speaking and chewing. Unfortunately, your teeth can get damaged due to dental trauma, bacterial attacks, and other factors. When this happens, a dental crown might be a good solution to repair your tooth damage for a healthy, fully functional, and beautiful smile.
A tooth crown is a cup-like dental prosthesis placed over a damaged tooth to improve its strength, function, shape, size, and color (sometimes). A crown is customized to look, function, and feel like the outer portion of your natural teeth to provide the most realistic results.
Dental crowns can contain various materials, including porcelain, zirconia, composite, metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and glass Ionomer. The right crown for you will depend on your budget, condition, preferences, and dentist’s recommendations, among other factors.
Our dentist near you will shave down a small portion of your tooth’s enamel to place a dental crown. If the tooth is significantly damaged, the dentist can try rebuilding it to ensure it can hold a crown sufficiently. If the damage is too extreme for repair, the only remedy would be to extract the tooth.
Unlike alternative treatments like veneers, bonding, fillings, and inlays & onlays that only repair a part of the tooth, dental crowns cover the entire visible part. It makes them versatile in solving numerous dental imperfections like chips, cracks, breaks, stains, and decay. Below are several ways a dental crown can benefit your damaged teeth.
One of the main benefits of using a crown on your tooth is to protect it from further damage, preventing tooth loss. For instance, cracked, worn-down, decayed, chipped, or broken teeth are more vulnerable to damage like fractures, infections, tooth loss, and other complications.
The longer these damages stay untreated, the further the risk of these complications. Placing a dental crown on a damaged tooth holds the tooth together, preventing further fractures. A crown also shields the tooth from bacterial and acid attacks.
A severely chipped, cracked, or decayed can feel loose or wobbly. Even worse, it can easily fall out or break further under great forces of chewing. A dental crown acts like the outer layer of the tooth, holding it together and protecting it from the great forces of chewing. A crown allows you to chew harder foods you wouldn’t have been able to chew before the treatment. You’ll also be able to speak and brush your teeth normally.
Crowns are also an excellent choice for cosmetic purposes. Teeth imperfections like chips, breaks, misshapen, and stains can affect your smile’s appearance. Placing a dental crown over the tooth hides these imperfections, improving its shape, size, and colour. For cosmetic purposes, you can choose tooth-coloured dental crowns like porcelain, zirconia, and E-max.
If your tooth is infected or decayed, the dentist can recommend a root canal to remove the infection and prevent it from spreading. In other words, a root canal is the only remedy for saving a severely decayed tooth. The procedure entails removing the tooth’s pulp (which hosts all the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth). After removing the pulp, the tooth is significantly weakened. A dental restoration like a filling or/and crown may be necessary to strengthen and protect the tooth from further fractures and infections.
If you’ve lost your natural tooth, a dental implant is a great way to restore oral function and aesthetics. The treatment consists of an implant post, abutment, and restoration crown. After placing the implant, a crown goes over the implant to act like the outer part of a natural tooth. It allows the implant to function, look, and feel like a natural tooth.
Are you interested in dental crowns in Weymouth, MA? Contact Our dentist at Weymouth Dental Associates.