Your teeth contain the hardest substance in the human body, even harder than bone. They can withstand the tons of pressure that are exerted on them daily, and they are meant to last a lifetime. When a tooth's strength becomes compromised due to decay or damage it needs additional protection with restorative dentistry to keep it from further injury or complete breakage. This is where dental crowns come in.
Dental crowns are a type of cover placed over the visible portion of the tooth to protect it and provide strength and stability. Crowns can be made out of various materials. Stainless steel crowns are sometimes used for back teeth, particularly with children who need stability and protection for damaged baby molars. Metal crowns like gold alloy provide a strong durable surface. Acrylic and resin crowns are also used sometimes as temporary caps. Modern technology has developed resin material that is strong and durable enough to provide protection for a damaged tooth. Porcelain fused to metal is one of the more popular choices because of its strength, durability and appearance.
Porcelain fused to metal, acrylic and resin crowns all provide the wearer with a protected tooth that is nearly indistinguishable from the other teeth. These materials have a natural appearance when you smile. They are smooth to the touch and easy to get used to. Your dentist will help you decide which type of crown will best suit your particular circumstances.
A tooth becomes more susceptible to decay and further damage once it has been weakened by extensive decay, cracked or broken. Restoring such a tooth is a relatively simple process. Depending on the procedure, the tooth is prepared so that the crown can be placed and cemented on to the tooth. In some cases the crown may be bonded to the remaining tooth structure. When a crown is placed on a tooth, care needs to be taken that the area is well cleaned on a regular basis. Proper care of your new crown will help keep your smile healthy and beautiful for years to come.
Contact Meadowbrook Family Dental today to schedule a consultation to find out if dental crowns are right for you.