My dentist says I need a dental crown… what do they mean?
Dental crowns are a common dental treatment option used to repair or restore damaged teeth. If you’ve been wondering why you might need this type of dental procedure, I’m going to share with you some of the most common reasons that dentists recommend that their patients have a tooth crowned.
What is a crown?
A crown serves as a replacement for the outer portion of a tooth and in effect leaves you with a tooth that looks as natural as if your complete tooth was still in your mouth.
Crowns are the treatment of choice to improve the strength, function and looks of a heavily filled, fractured or cracked tooth.
Why do I need a crown?
Extensive Decay – In many cases, a crown is recommended if there is a great deal of decay in your tooth – more than can effectively be repaired with a simple filling. If the area of decay is too great, a filling will not provide adequate strength for the tooth to function properly.
In this case, it is preferable for your dentist to remove the decayed portion of the tooth completely and to cover the existing tooth with a crown to provide the strength, functionality and aesthetic benefits of a natural tooth.
Cracks and Fractures – In addition to extensive decay, other types of damage can mean your tooth needs a crown. If your tooth is cracked or fractured a crown can cover the damage and provide you with a strong, functional and damage-free tooth.
Discoloured or Misshaped Teeth– Improving the appearance of teeth is another common reason why people opt for dental crowns.
For example, if your teeth are discoloured and cannot be improved by whitening or they need to be reshaped or otherwise enhanced, then having the tooth covered with a crown can be one of the best ways to improve the appearance of the tooth.
Benefits of Crowns
Crowns are strong, hard-wearing, long lasting, and easy to keep clean. They also look like your natural tooth and will not only enhance your bite and chewing function but also your smile. If your tooth is weak because it is cracked or heavily filled a crown encases the tooth and makes it strong again.
What are crowns made of?
At Evolve Dental Kenmore, we use porcelain crowns, as they are metal-free, non-toxic and non-allergenic as well as being functional and very cosmetically pleasing. Our crowns are handmade here in Australia to give you the safest, most natural looking and high-quality crowns.