Dental crowns are used to fill gaps in teeth and as well as to strengthen and restore damaged teeth. From porcelain to metal to composite resin materials, dental crowns are created based on the size, shape, color and fit necessary to blend in with your other teeth. Each dental crown is made of a durable material that offers chewing support and protection from further tooth decay when placed over the existing damaged tooth.
At Rock Family Dental, our dentists may use a tooth crown to:
- strengthen and enhance the appearance of teeth.
- support a tooth with a large tooth filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling on its own.
- protect teeth that are discolored, crooked or misshapen.
- affix bridges.
- protect or restore weak or broken teeth.
- enclose a dental implant.
- to provide support for a tooth that has been treated endodontically; therefore, it has lost a great deal of tooth structure from fracture, decay, or the drilling process and is prone to fracture under normal or light chewing forces.
- to be used as an abutment, or support, for a bridge that is intended to replace a missing tooth.
- to complete an implant restoration.
- to conceal teeth that are discolored or poorly shaped.
During your visit, your doctor will remove any damaged or decaying enamel to make room for the crown before making a mold of the affected area. This mold ensures that your crown will perfectly fit the exact specifications of your mouth. Careful consideration will be given to matching the crown to the shade of your natural tooth enamel resulting in a crown that will be indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth. Once prepared, the crown is then slipped over the remaining structure of the remaining tooth structure and bonded into place. If the tooth was in good alignment before the crown was prepared, the crown will be in good alignment. If the tooth was misaligned before the crown, sometimes the crown may be made to obtain an ideal shape and position. Your doctor will ensure that your dental crown fits aesthetically and comfortably in order to effectively restore the health, function, and beauty of your smile. Your new restoration will function just as your natural teeth and should last you for years to come with proper home care and regular recare visits.