When the strength of a tooth has been compromised either through decay that results in a very large filling, or through root canal therapy, or some other means, putting a dental crown on the tooth will protect it from further damage. Dental crowns are used in a variety of situations. They provide strength and stability to weakened teeth. In addition to protection, dental crowns are also used for cosmetic purposes. Sometimes badly discolored teeth or misshapen teeth are made to look more appealing by way of dental crowns.
Dental crowns are manufactured using a variety of materials. Stainless steel crowns are the most economical and are sometimes used on young children. Gold crowns use a gold alloy as the base material. These are very sturdy and durable crowns as are those made of porcelain fused to metal. Advanced technologies in dental care services have also created ceramic resin crowns that are very durable. Like the porcelain fused to gold crowns, ceramic resin crowns are very appealing aesthetically because they look most like natural teeth.
Teeth are subject to extreme forces of pressure. When a tooth becomes cracked or damaged in some way, its natural strength is reduced. It then becomes susceptible to even more damage even after repairs. If such a tooth is crowned, the strength of the tooth is restored. The tooth is properly repaired to receive the crown and the crown is then fitted over the tooth protecting it. Dental crowns cover the entire surface area of the tooth above the gum line.
Many times the chewing surface of the tooth needs repair that doesn’t require a full dental crown. These repairs to the chewing surface are referred to as dental inlays or onlays, depending on which part of the chewing surface of the tooth is being prepared. Inlays are repairs in the grooves of the chewing surface and onlays are repairs to the more prominent areas of the tooth chewing surface.
If you have had root canal therapy, large fillings or damage to your teeth, you may well benefit from getting dental crowns for these teeth. A visit to West Houston Dentistry may save you pain and expense in the future. Contact us today for an exam and consultation to find out if any of your teeth are in need of a dental crown or other type of restoration.