Do You Need a Dental Crown?

Image of many silver and gold dental crowns on a table.

Depending on age, health, and experiences that might have led to injury, teeth often require care more significant than increased oral hygiene. Sometimes broken or damaged teeth are remedied with removable devices such as dentures. Other times, the dentist will place permanent fixtures on the existing teeth to bring a smile to its fullest potential. One of these permanent options is a dental implant crown.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a ceramic or porcelain cap for a real tooth. The tooth crown can cover damages, improve a smile’s appearance and work to reshape or realign the teeth. The caps can be made to match the color of teeth, but their material is strong enough to assist in the function that has been lost by a cracked or infected tooth.

Many people get dental crowns in their lifetimes and for a variety of reasons.

Top Seven Times Dentists Place Crowns:

  • Filling replacement
  • Weak tooth protection
  • Fractured tooth restoration
  • Bridge attachment
  • Dental implant coverage
  • Cohesive smile
  • Root canal coverage (post-treatment)

During crown placement, it isn’t uncommon for the dentist to insert a dental bridge, as well. Bridges are most commonly place when one or more teeth are missing. The bridge is used to help keep the teeth from moving into the empty gum space, which can cause discomfort and chaos in the mouth.

Bridges can be cemented to the natural teeth neighboring the empty gum space. The bridge helps fix the fake teeth that can also be cemented to the natural, “anchor” teeth.  

Bridges and crowns are meant to be permanent fittings in the mouth. While both can last a lifetime, sufficient oral hygiene is necessary to keep the fixtures in good shape.

If you are interested in learning more about oral fixtures like bridges or a lava crown, schedule an appointment with Doral today!

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