Think you may have a cavity? Have you been told you need root canal treatment? Even if you have lost a tooth or required an extraction, did you know one restorative solution can likely help? Dental crowns are a strong and esthetically-pleasing way to restore a smile negatively affected by decay, trauma or tooth loss. So if you have been having any issues with your smile, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your restorative dentist.
Fix or Complete a Smile with a Crown
Crowns can be used as stand-alone restorative treatment, or as part of a dental prosthetic used to complete a smile after tooth loss. In the case of cavities, for instance, a dental crown can be used to protect the tooth from further decay or an infection. While fillings can sometimes be sufficient for treating cavities, if the decay was extreme or caused an infection, a crown can be a more thorough way to protect the tooth.
In order to be used as replacement tooth, crowns can be crafted into a dental bridge or dental implant. Both create more stable forms of smile completion than partial or full dentures, but bridges are more affordable and faster than implants. Implants, on the other hand, are considered the most permanent and secure form of prosthetic dentistry.
Benefits of Porcelain Crowns
Though there are several forms of crowns currently available, porcelain remains one of the most popular because of its strength and because it can be customized to match each patient’s smile needs. From shape to contouring, and even the sheen, a crown can be made to blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile, so that most people won’t even be able to detect that you’ve had dental work done. And, with proper dental hygiene, a crown can last more than a decade!