Many dental treatments are very specific. They are designed to fix one problem with your smile. Dental crowns, however, have many uses. That’s probably why so many people get dental crowns. If you have teeth that are chipped, cracked, stained, or even missing, you could use a dental crown.
What Is A Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a restorative dentistry treatment that also helps make a tooth look great again. They are caps that fit snugly over your teeth. Dental crowns are made from either ceramic or zirconia, but both look like healthy enamel. They’re also shaped like the tooth they cover. Once placed, dental crowns look like healthy versions of the tooth they’re on.
How Dental Crowns Help You
Replace a missing tooth as part of a dental bridge. When you have lost a tooth, you really need to replace it. Until that happens, it can be harder to chew. Your smile is also looking worse than it should, and food particles can build up in the empty space. That can increase your chances of tooth decay and gum disease.
A dental bridge uses three dental crowns to replace that missing tooth without needing oral surgery. Two crowns are placed on the teeth next to the empty space. The third crown is used as the replacement tooth. It’s bonded with the other crowns so it’s held securely in place without any surgery.
Replace a missing tooth as part of a dental implant. Dental bridges are great, but they only last roughly ten years or so. For a longer lasting restorative dentistry treatment, you can get a dental implant instead.
Here, you still get a dental crown as a beautiful, natural-looking replacement tooth. It’s attached to an artificial tooth root surgically implanted into your jawbone. This helps keep your jawbone healthy. It can also last 20 years or more. This helps keep your smile functional and beautiful for decades to come.
Protect a tooth with weak enamel from bruxism. Your teeth are designed to come together whenever you chew. However, chewing is only supposed to happen several times a day. Bruxism is a condition where you grinding your teeth unconsciously. This happens mostly at night but can happen at any time during the day.
All of that extra grinding can wear down the enamel on your teeth. You can get worn spots. These are more likely to get cavities, as bacteria and tiny food particles can build up there. You are also more likely to have damage there from accidents since it’s weaker at those spots.
Dental crowns add a layer of protection to these teeth. They are made from either ceramic or zirconia. Both will look natural in your mouth but are strong enough to help protect your teeth from those weak spots.
Hide stains from foods, drinks, or medicine side-effects. The enamel on your teeth is not smooth. There are many tiny rough spots, such as grooves and craters. When you eat and drink anything dark like coffee or tomato sauce, a tiny amount gets trapped on the enamel. As the years go by, these small stains add up. Your smile can quickly look dull or even dark.
Then there are intrinsic stains. These are deep changes to the color, usually more white than the rest of the enamel. They’re often caused as side effects of prescription medicine. Teeth whitening systems simply will not remove intrinsic stains.
Dental crowns can hide all the stains on a tooth. The ceramic or zirconia in the dental crown will look like healthy enamel. When placed on your tooth, it completely hides the stains. All people will see is a tooth that looks great.
Repair damage caused by a large cavity. Cavities happen when harmful bacteria grow unchecked. At first, the damage to your enamel is small. When you come into our San Antonio, TX dental office, you can get it repaired with a dental filling. However, cavities keep getting bigger until you repair it. That’s easy to do because cavities aren’t always painful.
If a cavity gets too big, a dental filling won’t work anymore. That’s when a dental crown will help. It seals up the tooth. The cavity will stop growing, and the dental crown protects the tooth. You’ll be able to eat and look normal again.
Repair damage caused by a bad accident. Along the same lines, your teeth can be damaged by a bad accident. Crashing while riding a bike or driving a car can hurt your teeth. The same is true for sports injuries or even falling off a horse. If you land the wrong way, you can have a tooth that looks bad and is weak.
If you have a tooth that’s chipped or cracked, dental crowns will help. Whether you go with ceramic or zirconia dental crowns, you’ll add a layer of protection to your teeth. Dental crowns can also hold a tooth together, making sure a crack doesn’t get worse.
A dental crown procedure is an effective way to strengthen, protect, and beautify a tooth. Call us today at 210-819-5233 for your next appointment for restorative dentistry.