Teeth are often restored with fillings of silver or composite plastics. These materials can often accomplish the aim of replacing the part of the tooth that has been lost in a strong and good-looking manner. However, there comes a point where the damage to the tooth has removed too much structure to hold a filling. The next restoration must be done with a technique that will attach to the remaining tooth, stand up under heavier use and meet more elaborate cosmetic requirements.
A crown is the dental restoration that can strengthen and restore the entire top of a tooth. A crown can also be part of the attachment of a fixed bridge for the replacement of teeth. The tooth is strengthened because it is covered from the outside with a casting of metal or ceramic that will wrap up and splint the tooth. The chewing of the tooth can be improved because it can be reshaped to match more efficiently with the opposing teeth. A crown can improve cosmetics by the use of modern ceramic processes that produce translucency and color that is more natural than has ever been possible.
At Smile Secrets, our dental crowns are most often made of gold or porcelain. Crowns also can be made of stainless steel, but those crowns are often temporary and not designed for long-term wear. Porcelain crowns usually are built on a metal base, which fits snugly over the natural tooth. We will choose a porcelain that matches the color of your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns usually are so carefully matched in color, they cannot be distinguished from your natural teeth. Many people choose porcelain crowns for their cosmetic appearance and the confidence it gives them.
Dental Crowns Have a Beautiful Life-Like Appearance
New materials are now available that allow the use of “all-ceramic” crowns in some cases. They have a beautiful life-like appearance and short-term studies support their success, with long-term trials ongoing. Crowns also can be made of all gold. Some people prefer not to use gold because it stands out from the other teeth in appearance. At the same time, if the crown is on a back molar, some people feel the cosmetic issue is not a big one. At Smile Secrets, we will discuss the types of materials available if we recommend a crown.
Once your crown is in place, make sure the area is brushed well and that you floss below the gum line. While your crown protects your remaining tooth from further decay, you must protect the root of the tooth below the crown from bacterial growth and gum disease. Regular brushing and flossing as you would your natural teeth will ensure that your crown will be in place for years to come!
Regular brushing and flossing as you would your natural teeth will ensure that your crown will be in place for years to come!