One of the most versatile dental treatments available today is dental crowns, not just for their function but their esthetics as well. When a tooth is damaged, either due to decay, injury, or another issue, dental crowns can effectively restore their function and appearance to the absolute fullest. If you aren’t sure if you need a dental crown or need to know the best ways to take care of your crown after it’s been placed, schedule an appointment with Dr. Cabansag to find out more.
Dental crowns are one of the most common restorations available in dentistry. Also known as caps, these restorations are typically made from a variety of materials, including metal, gold, and porcelain. They are designed to be fixed and cemented on top of damaged teeth. If you notice that your tooth is aching, either because of long-term decay that has been left untreated or because of physical trauma that left it damaged, you’ll likely need to have a dental crown placed. You may also need a crown if:
In the past, there was not much that dentists could do to salvage damaged teeth. In fact, many times dentists would have to extract them outright because there was no treatment method available to retain the tooth that you had. In modern dentistry, extractions are always considered to be a last resort, and dental crowns play a major role in that process. On top of helping you keep your natural teeth, dental crowns are the most effective solution for preventing damaged teeth from breaking apart further.
Finally, dental crowns are very effective at hiding cosmetic imperfections in your smile, whether it be permanent discoloration or chips and cracks that do not pose harm to your oral health. Since crowns can be made from porcelain, a material designed to mimic tooth enamel almost exactly, you can easily rebuild your smile without anyone around you even noticing that you’ve had a crown placed.
At Encore Dentistry, you can take advantage of our porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, which combines the durability of metal crowns with the esthetics of porcelain restorations. We currently use Emax, Lava, and Zirconia brands and materials to create dental crowns in our office. Or, as an alternative, we offer same-day crowns so that you don’t have to worry about waiting two weeks to receive your permanent crown, nor worry about wearing a temporary crown while you wait.
In order to make your dental crown last, take note of the tips below: