Many people feel embarrassed due to misshapen or discolored teeth, especially in the front right in the smile window. In some cases, a dental veneer may not be an option, but a dental crown could work perfectly.
What Is a Dental Crown?
Sometimes also referred to as a dental cap, a crown covers the majority of a tooth that has been weakened by:
- Large amounts of decay
- Oral injury (a hit to the mouth that can cause a cracked tooth)
- Too many fillings
- Oddly shaped and small naturally
- A dental crown is ideal for adding aesthetic appeal as well as a natural strength.
Receiving a Dental Crown
There are three most common materials for a crown:
- Gold or a similar precious metal
- Porcelain that has been fused to metal
Your dentist will determine which material is best suited for you after examining your teeth and gums. To prepare the tooth, your dentist will remove old filling material or decay as well as take an imprint and x-ray. The selection of which material is the best fit is a combination the tooth’s location, your budget, and personal preference.
Other Uses for Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are also used in conjunction with bridges. The crown is affixed to the natural teeth that border the open area where the bridge sits. Crowns are also used to replace the missing cap of a tooth that receives a root canal. For those missing a tooth, crowns can also be attached to a dental implant for a natural looking tooth replacement.
Your Restorative Dentistry Consultation
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your tooth, and think a dental crown can help, give us a call to set up a consultation.