When a tooth has been badly damaged by decay or physical trauma, oftentimes a dental crown is the best way to restore its shape and strength while also protecting it from further harm. At Texas Dentistry, we can design a customized crown just for you that’ll let you live your life to the fullest without worrying about the appearance or function of your smile.
A dental crown is a cover for your natural tooth, bringing it back to its full shape and size and replenishing its strength. This kind of restoration can be used in many different situations, such as:
Dental crowns can be made of many different materials. We’ll help you consider the available options and pick the one that best suits your needs. Here are three kinds of crowns you may receive:
If your biggest concern is finding a crown that matches the natural color of your other teeth, ceramic (usually porcelain-based) is likely to be your material of choice. Many patients prefer ceramic restorations because of the aesthetic benefits; they’re a lifelike solution that help create a beautiful smile. Ceramic crowns are usually used for the visible front teeth, but they can also be placed near the back of the mouth.
This type of crown is made of tooth-colored porcelain connected to a metal structure. This makes it more durable and helps it form a stronger bond with the tooth than a pure porcelain crown. Like ceramic crowns, a restoration made of porcelain fused to metal can repair teeth near the front or back of the mouth. They’re also a good choice for providing additional strength to dental bridges.
A crown made of gold or a gold alloy is highly durable and usually has a longer lifespan. They rarely break and are good at withstanding the forces involved with biting and chewing, making them a good choice for repairing molars.
Crowns can be used to improve the appearance of your smile while also allowing you to continue chewing with your damaged tooth. They don’t require any special care; you just brush and floss them like your other teeth. You can usually expect a dental crown to last anywhere between 5 and 15 years depending on how well you take care of it. If you think a dental crown could help your pearly whites, contact us and make an appointment today!
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