Sometimes, our smile needs a little help. Part of this is just a normal part of aging, whereas sometimes the issues are caused by injury or accidents. Whatever the reason, the fact remains that sometimes we find our teeth in need of some restoration. When that happens, there are a variety of options depending upon the specific issue in question. One popular tooth restoration or repair tool is known as a dental crown.
What is a dental crown?A dental crown is a “cap” that is shaped like a tooth and is often fixed over a tooth or an implant. This can be done for a number of reasons. The dental crown installation procedure might be done to help encase the tooth in question in order to improve its appearance or restore its size, shape, and strength. If you have a particularly weak tooth that might need some extra support, we might recommend placing a crown over it to help hold it together or to prevent it from breaking. As you might expect, many crowns are the result of sports injuries that leave teeth damaged and broken.
Reasons for Dental CrownsDental crowns are not only used in instances of injury. Sometimes the tooth in question might be moderately decayed, which could also weaken its structure and present danger to the patient in question. A tooth that is extremely worn is another candidate for a crown, as is a tooth that has had a significant portion filled. In other words, If there is little tooth left, a crown might be placed over the tooth in order to help prevent it from breaking or further decaying.
Other reasons for the placement of dental crowns includes preparing teeth for a dental bridge or to cover a discolored or misshapen tooth. If you have a dental implant, you might also opt for a crown to be placed over it in order to hide the implant and give your smile a natural appearance. Crowns are great for this kind of thing as they are strong and look like an actual tooth.
Are you interested in learning more about dental crowns? Don’t hesitate to contact us at (360) 447-6355 today!