If you have a tooth that’s cracked, damaged, has extensive decay, or needs a root canal, a dental crown is a good solution for your dental woes. Crowns are not only a beautiful and natural-looking restoration, they can also offer strength and protection to teeth that have been weakened by damage or decay.
What Is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are caps usually made from porcelain, metal, or ceramic. These caps are created to fit over your natural teeth and completely cover it. The crown is customized to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth so that it seamlessly blends with your existing teeth.
Crowns are cemented into place, giving you a permanent restoration over your damaged tooth that can last for several years with proper dental care. They have a wide range of dental applications and can even be used for cosmetic restoration if you have a less-than-perfect tooth in need of some aesthetic improvement.
How Can I Benefit From a Crown?
A dental crown will return a damaged or decayed tooth to a beautiful, healthy appearance, improving your smile, but that’s not all crowns can offer. Because they cover the tooth completely, they offer structure and support to the natural tooth, as well as protecting from a recurrence of decay.
Teeth with extensive decay, structural problems such as cracks, and root canals are are weakened and can be at risk of breaking or failing. A dental crown can help prevent this by covering the damaged tooth and keeping it safe and secure. In many cases, dental crowns can offer a beautiful alternative to extractions.
Crowns can also help restore your bite. Chewing with damaged teeth can alter the way you bite and chew food, putting excess pressure on surrounding teeth and leading to further damage and breakage. With a dental crown, this pressure is evenly distributed once again, keeping your teeth healthy and whole.
Crowns and Implants
If you have already lost a tooth, a crown can be combined with a surgical dental implant to restore the missing tooth. An implant-supported crown gives you a beautiful, long-lasting replacement for a missing or extracted tooth that doesn’t require removal of healthy tooth material, unlike a dental bridge.
Healthy Teeth, Happy Smiles
Dental crowns can help restore your smile and keep it that way for years to come. If you have a tooth in need of restoration and would like to learn if a dental crown is right for you, contact our Longmont dental office today to schedule a consultation.