A dental crown is a restoration that replaces the outer portion of your tooth’s natural “crown” (the part visible above the gums). This might sound a little drastic, but it will help your tooth avoid additional decay and damage.
Why get a crown, then? When your tooth’s outer layer of enamel is damaged or threatened, then it can no longer do its job of protecting the tooth. A durable porcelain crown can protect more sensitive structures inside of the tooth (and help you avoid a root canal or extraction.)
While a crown is not as ideal as a whole, healthy, natural tooth, it does help extend the life of your bite. It could be your last resort!
Taking a Toll on the Mouth
Are there times when a crown may not be suitable for your smile? Here’s how you can minimize the impact of your specific problem:
Problem: If you grind your teeth you may find that the crowned tooth is wearing down its opposing neighbor.
Solution: Crown the opposing tooth or have a mouthguard made to prevent the teeth from fracturing.
Problem: Using a dental bridge to replace missing teeth. Two teeth that may otherwise be perfectly healthy need to be trimmed down for crowns that support the bridge.
Solution: Consider filling in the gap with a dental implant and single crown, instead.
Problem: Placing a crown on a front tooth for cosmetic purposes.
Solution: Crowns in front are just fine, but you might want to start with a more conservative approach such as a dental veneer.
Ask your dentist about the dental crowns and alternatives used in their office, and which option can benefit you the most.
Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
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