A dental crowns rejuvenates a tooth that has been damaged, decayed, or worn. It is like a sheath that fits over your tooth. It essentially gives your tooth a completely new exterior, from below the gum line and over the entire surface. Dental crowns can be used for serious decay, trauma damage, cosmetic reasons, or to support a new bite arrangement.
Understanding Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are a cover that fits over your natural tooth. It completely encases your tooth, giving it a new exterior.
Permanent dental crowns come in three types:
- Metal Crowns–these crowns are made entirely of metal, usually noble metals like gold. These crowns function very well: they require little natural tooth material to be removed, don’t cause much wear on opposing teeth, and last for a long time. Unfortunately, they are very obvious and make many people self-conscious about their teeth.
- Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns–these crowns conceal metal underneath an aesthetic ceramic exterior. Although these are more attractive than metal crowns, they still have a small line of metal visible at the base that can become exposed if you have receding gums. They are also not as translucent as natural tooth enamel, and the ceramic coating can separate from the underlying metal structure under heavy wear conditions.
- Ceramic Crowns–these crowns are made entirely of advanced ceramic material. With the increasing strength of ceramic materials, the performance of these crowns has improved dramatically in recent years, and they are now long-lasting and attractive restorations.
Stainless steel and resin crowns may be used temporarily.
Crowns for Decay and Damage
Dental crowns are most often used to support and repair a tooth that has extensive decay or damage. When a tooth cracks in a way that means it no longer has structural integrity, a crown is used to strengthen and protect the tooth. If a tooth has extensive decay that leads to weakening of the tooth, or if the decay has reached the tooth pulp, then a crown may be used, often after a root canal procedure.
Rejuvenating a Smile with Dental Crowns
If your current smile has numerous black metal amalgam fillings, you may want to have them removed to give you a more attractive appearance. However, sometimes removing fillings will leave your tooth with poor structural integrity, requiring a crown for support.
If you have old metal crowns, you may want them replaced with new ceramic crowns.
Rebalancing Your Bite
If you are suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD), one of the treatments we may try is a bite reconstruction. In this procedure, dental crowns are used to build up your teeth so that they support your jaw in a more comfortable position, which may reduce or eliminate jaw pain or headaches associated with the condition.
To learn more about how crowns can help you achieve a more attractive, more comfortable, and more functional bite, please contact Beyond Exceptional Dentistry for more information.