Dental crowns sometimes referred to as caps, are tooth-shaped covers positioned over teeth that are susceptible to additional decay or damage. Dental crowns are used for many different reasons. In most cases, the patient’s tooth breaks or endures extensive decay. In such an instance, a filling will not replace a large enough portion of the tooth or suffice to bolster its strength. A crown is necessary to safeguard the tooth structure.
Dental Crowns Protect and Beautify the Teeth
Dental crowns hold portions of the cracked tooth together. Crowns can also keep a bridge in place. Some elect to have crowns placed in their mouth to enhance physical appearance. Certain crowns are placed to conceal misshapen or discolored teeth. This nifty oral health device is typically made-to-order by dental experts in a laboratory. Those made ahead of time (the prefabricated variety) are comprised of either stainless steel or plastic. These crowns can be used temporarily until the permanent crown is made.
Crown Materials are Incredibly Strong
Crowns that are not made far ahead of time are typically comprised of zirconia, ceramic, porcelain and metals like gold alloy, base-metal alloy and palladium. All-metal crowns are typically used for the back teeth instead of ceramic crowns as they are incredibly durable. The all-ceramic dental crown is the same hue as the normal teeth.
It is clear each type of crown has its own unique advantages. The type of crown optimal for your mouth is partially dictated by occlusion. This refers to the manner in which your teeth meet. If you grind your teeth, this destructive friction will pose a threat to certain types of crowns. Lean on your dentist to help you make a truly informed decision as to which crown type is ideal for your oral health needs.
Crowns Have Ample Support to Ensure Tooth Protection
If a significant portion of your tooth is damaged, decayed or no longer intact, the dentist might create a foundation to serve as a means of support. This foundation is necessary for crown stability. If the crown does not have ample support, it will not be able to protect the tooth.
Crowns Protect Teeth Longer Than Most Initially Assume
A large part of the appeal of dental crowns is their longevity. Your dental crown might last upwards of four decades. The majority of crowns last a minimum of seven years. As long as clean your teeth in a diligent manner, your crown will stand the test of time.
Crowns Safeguard Teeth Without Compromising Your Comfort
Ask patients who have had crowns placed in their mouth about comfort and sensitivity and you will receive quite the positive response. Crowns do not cause sensitivity or discomfort. There might be slight sensitivity to cold temperatures if the tooth in question has not had a root canal. Such a tooth still has a sensitive nerve. If you experience discomfort when biting, reach out to your dentist for a crown adjustment. Your crown might be slightly too high. An adjustment will take mere minutes to perform yet it will protect the tooth for upwards of a full decade or longer. For more information call South Mountain Family Dental at (602) 438-9245.