A dental crown is a covering that is placed either over your existing tooth or attached to a titanium implant to create a natural-looking tooth. They are used to protect teeth that are cracked or teeth that are weak because of cavities. Dental crowns improve the appearance of your teeth by restoring your teeth and giving you a healthier-looking smile. Dental crowns are cemented in place and help your dentist take care of the teeth you have.
Protection For Weak Teeth
If you have a cracked tooth that needs to be held together, a dental crown will help. Cracked teeth allow in harmful bacteria, which can lead to an infection within your tooth. With a crown in place, the interior of your tooth is protected and your tooth will be able to function normally. If your tooth is broken, a crown can help restore your existing tooth.
Dental Crowns Allow For Deep Fillings
When you have serious decay in a tooth, your dentist will need to remove much of your tooth in order to save it. While your roots may be in good shape, there may be little of your tooth left after the decay is removed. A crown will cover what is left of your tooth and protect it from further damage. Your crown will look and feel like a natural tooth.
Dental Implant Technology
Dental implants replace teeth that are missing in your mouth. Your dentist will place a titanium rod in your jaw and secure a crown on top of it. The crown and rod together will replace your missing tooth permanently. Talk to your dentist when you have missing teeth and you are interested in a permanent solution through dental implant technology.
Cover Up Odd-Colored or Odd-Shaped Teeth
Beyond missing or damaged teeth, you can also have dental crowns that cover up teeth that are oddly shaped or not white like the rest of your teeth. When you have teeth in your mouth that don't function properly because of their shape, a dentist can restore the function by covering up the tooth with a crown.
Dental crowns give dentists more options when it comes to providing dental treatment. Existing teeth are more likely to be saved when they can be protected by a crown. For missing teeth, implant technology can give you a new tooth using a crown. Talk with your dentist about treatment options and how crowns fit into your treatment plan.