Dental crowns are one of the most time-tested restorations in dentistry. A crown, often called a dental cap, encases all visible surfaces of the tooth above the gum line. Crowns can be customized in shape, color and size to provide a seamless and natural-looking blend within your existing smile. They are made of strong materials that can hold up against everyday dental function. Both kids and adults can benefit from a dental crown in certain situations.
Why are crowns used? A crown can be used in a variety of circumstances, but they are most often recommended when a tooth is too damaged or weak to be left alone. This can involve a situation in which the tooth suffered a severe chip, fracture or break during an accidental injury. However, it may also include cases where severe decay or infection compromised the structural integrity of a tooth. A dental crown can cover up exposed roots of a damaged tooth and help the tooth regain its original shape, appearance and function.
Crowns are typically the restoration of choice after a root canal procedure. Many times, the tooth is just too weak after this endodontic treatment, and a crown can ensure long-lasting strength and protection for the traumatized tooth. Finally, if you have a missing tooth and elect to have a dental implant, a custom crown will be attached to the implant and serve as your prosthetic tooth.
Less commonly, a crown is used for aesthetic purposes only. While a crown can effectively cover up a stained or chipped tooth, it may not be the best choice if the health of the tooth is compromised. A crown requires a dentist to grind away a significant portion of the tooth before placing the tooth cap. A less-invasive procedure can involve a porcelain veneer instead. It is best to let a dentist decide whether a crown or veneer is more appropriate for your specific cosmetic concern.
To learn more about custom crowns from a leading dentist, call Gainesville Dental Group. We are known for excellence in dental crowns. Regardless of why you need a crown, we want your smile to regain optimal strength and beauty!
Posted on behalf of Gainesville Dental Group