Your dentist might recommend a dental crown to treat substantial tooth decay, chipped and cracked teeth, and teeth that have infected root canals. In some cases, dental crowns have cosmetic applications as well. This is because a dental crown made from tooth-colored materials can hide unsightly imperfections such as intrinsic staining, tooth wear, and chips or cracks.
What does a dental crown look like?
A dental crown looks like a tooth with a hollowed center. It fits over a natural tooth like a cap and is bonded in place with dental cement. These tooth-shaped restorations can be constructed from various types of materials.
Some crowns are made from metals like gold or silver, which are very durable. There are very discreet options available, too, such as porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. When discreet materials are chosen, patients enjoy a beautiful, natural-looking restoration that’s virtually indistinguishable from biological tooth structure.
How do I know if I need a dental crown?
Most people find out they need a dental crown after a checkup or an appointment for a dental emergency. Since crowns are also used in cosmetic dentistry, these restorations might be recommended to improve the aesthetics of a smile.
Do I need a crown if I have a toothache?
Sometimes, patients who have experienced toothaches require crowns. This is because their teeth are substantially decayed and/or infected internally. Many patients receive crowns after undergoing root canal therapy, for example. Root canal therapy addresses damage to the inside of a tooth while a dental crown reinforces its outer structure.
Are dental crowns comfortable?
Dental crowns are custom made so that they fit over a person’s damaged tooth. This means that a crown will fit perfectly between neighboring teeth and over the tooth being treated. Patients with dental crowns enjoy a variety of foods without discomfort.
Our practice provides durable and beautiful dental restorations. If you need a dental crown, call Hulen Crossing Family Dental to reserve a consultation with our experienced dentist.