Your teeth were designed to withstand tons of pressure on a daily basis. However, when a tooth becomes damaged or weakened, by a large cavity for example, the integrity of the tooth is compromised. It then becomes susceptible to more damage. In such instances, placing a dental crown on the tooth is the best general dentistry treatment to restore its strength and stability.
Dental crowns are made of various materials. Stainless steel crowns are often used on primary teeth to protect a damaged or vulnerable tooth until the permanent tooth erupts. Adult crowns are made from metal or gold alloys. Porcelain fused to metal and ceramic or resin crowns are very popular. When the determination is made that you need a dental crown, your dentist will discuss the options with you and recommend the type that best suits your particular circumstances.
Restore Cracked or Damaged Teeth
When a tooth has been cracked or damaged, it becomes more vulnerable to further injury. A dental crown covers the entire exposed part of the tooth. This gives the tooth strength and protection. Crowns are sturdy, withstanding the pressures that are constantly exerted on the teeth. Crowning a damaged tooth also restores your smile. Porcelain, resin and ceramic crowns are made to look like your natural tooth in the same color as your existing teeth. The dental crown also feels smooth and slick like a natural tooth. Sometimes a full crown may not be necessary. In those cases, your dentist may recommend an alternative to a crown.
Dental Inlays and Onlays
Protection for a weakened tooth is also provided by an inlay or onlay where appropriate. Unlike a full crown, inlays and onlays cover the most vulnerable part of the tooth. Both are made from the same materials as dental crowns and are generally used to fill large holes in molars. When the space is between the cusps or the bumps of the molar, an inlay is used. When more of the surface of the tooth needs to be protected, an onlay is appropriate. Your dentist will advise you of your options when either an inlay or an onlay is required to provide strength and stability to a tooth. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation regarding dental crowns.