Restorative Dentistry: Crowns
A dental crown (or cap) covers the tooth completely and helps to improve its appearance while restoring its strength, size, and shape. Once it is cemented into place, the visible portion of your remaining tooth is fully encased by the crown so that the area above and down to your gum line is completely covered. Crowns can be an ideal solution to restore a tooth (teeth) back to its original appearance and while enhancing their natural smile in the process.
When there isn’t enough of the tooth remaining to hold a filling in place, additional support is needed. This can be accomplished by building up the tooth with a post and core. This procedure makes use of the root for additional strength and a crown attached to it can make the tooth stronger so that its structural integrity can be restored. In addition to this, crowns are oftentimes used for the following reasons:
· to protect a tooth that has been weakened by trauma (accident or injury)
· to restore a broken or otherwise damaged tooth or one with a extremely large filling
· to secure a dental bridge
Crowns are also a part of what is generically known as dental implants. A crown is attached to a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. Although crowns can be made from a number of different materials, most patients prefer porcelain for a number of reasons such as aesthetics, compatibility with the gums and mouth, and superior strength. Additionally, cements are used to attach crowns to the remaining tooth structure, so that they can last for many years.
Dental crowns serve to improve the function of a tooth while restoring it to its natural appearance. In addition to improving your oral health, crowns provide emotional and psychological benefits because they give you back your smile while enhancing your self-confidence and self-esteem in the process. _