If you have a tooth that is damaged, worn down or in need of repair, there are many ways to fix it. One of the most popular ways is to use a dental crown. A crown is a cap that covers the tooth. A crown is an easy way to restore your tooth and get it back t the same size and function as before.
A dental crown can be used for both health and aesthetic purposes. You can use one to make your tooth stronger or to make it look better. There are many reasons to consider a crown. If you have a large cavity that cannot be easily fixed with a filling, consider a crown. A weak tooth that is cracked or worn down can also benefit from a crown. So can a tooth that is stained or badly shaped. Crowns are also used to restore a tooth after a root canal treatment.
Is a crown right for your tooth? The team at Galleria Dental of Alexandria can help you understand your options.
What Materials Are Used?
Dental crowns can be made from several different materials, such as ceramic, composite resin, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, metal alloys and gold alloys. The goal is for the crown to look as natural as possible. However, these various materials come at different prices, so when deciding on the right type of material for your crown, the dentist will consider several factors, such as the tooth’s location, the color of the tooth, how much of the tooth shows when you smile, how the gum tissue is positioned and your preference.
Ceramic can blend in easily with teeth, so it is most often used for front teeth. Porcelain fused to metal is very strong and durable. Gold alloys are also very strong and do not fracture or wear away. Metal alloys resist corrosion and are also very strong.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns require only the damaged parts of the teeth to be removed and do not require removal of an entire tooth, unlike dentures and bridges. The procedure is minimally invasive and comes with very few complications.
In addition, dental crowns are also permanent. Likewise, they do not have to be removed or replaced every few years, unlike other dental procedures.
There are some drawbacks to consider. Dental crowns leave the nerve endings in place, which means you may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold. It is also possible that bacteria can get underneath the crown. This can cause damage to the tooth and require surgery or other dental work.
A dental crown can protect a damaged tooth from sustaining further harm. It can also be used to improve the functionality of your tooth and even enhance the appearance. The team at Galleria Dental of Alexandria can determine if a crown is right for you. We offer gentle dentistry and personalized care. Schedule a consultation today.