A dental crown is a type of restoration that entirely covers a tooth down to the gum line. At Sedation Dental Spa of South Florida, we use crowns to restore teeth that have been damaged due to cracks or fractures and also after root canals.
Crowns protect weak teeth from breaking and help restore their shape and strength. Several materials can be used to make crowns, but porcelain is the most popular as it blends in with the rest of your smile.
When Is a Dental Crown Recommended?
Restoring the Tooth’s Shape and Size
If you have a large cavity or a tooth that is cracked or damaged in some way, you may need a dental crown to restore its shape and size. The crown will completely cover the tooth to protect and restore it.
Preventing Further Decay or Damage to the Tooth
A filling or inlay can protect your tooth from further damage, but once the filling/inlay wears down, your tooth will be exposed to harmful bacteria and plaque that can lead to further decay or even infections or gum disease. A dental crown covers the entire tooth surface to prevent further damage.
Restoring Function and Appearance After Damage or Decay
If a cavity is large enough to expose a significant amount of your tooth, your natural tooth may be weakened and risk breaking or fracturing. Our dentist may recommend placing a dental crown to protect the tooth, prevent it from breaking in the future, and restore its function. A crown will also restore the look of your smile by fully covering the damaged tooth and restoring its appearance.
Types of Crowns
Metal crowns are popular due to their durability and affordability. These metal caps are strong and can last for many years before needing replacement. However, they are not the most aesthetically pleasing type of dental crowns. Metal crowns can be nickel or gold in color and do not match the color of your natural teeth.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look like natural teeth and are very strong. They are durable and do not break easily. Although the porcelain part mimics the look of natural teeth, the dark metal base of these crowns may become visible.
Ceramic crowns are very aesthetically pleasing and have a natural tooth-like appearance. Their color can be matched to the color of your adjacent teeth, making them blend in with your smile perfectly. Ceramic crowns are also very durable.
To learn more about the benefits of using dental crowns to repair damaged teeth, visit Sedation Dental Spa of South Florida at 18431 Miramar Pkwy, Miramar 33029, or 2028 East Sample Road, Lighthouse Point 33064, or call (954) 433-4300 or (954) 946-8484, respectively.