Crowns are one of dentistry’s most versatile restorations. They offer a way to repair and strengthen damaged teeth. They also provide a way to improve a tooth’s appearance, including color, shape and even apparent alignment.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth – covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
Advantages of a crown
Crowns are fabricated in a dental laboratory (by a dental technician using molds of your teeth). The technician can examine aspects of your bite and jaw movements from a variety of angles, and then sculpt your dental crown so it has the ideal shape.
Dental fillings, in comparison, are built right in your mouth by way of your dentist placing the filling material directly upon your tooth.
Dental crowns are routinely made for those teeth that have broken, have had large portions destroyed by tooth decay or have had root canal treatment. Why? Because beyond just restoring a tooth’s shape, a crown can provide a reinforcing and strengthening effect too.
What Types of Crowns Are Available?
Permanent crowns can be made from all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all resin, or all ceramic. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, the great advantage of all-porcelain crowns is their beauty. They create an exceedingly life-like end result.
Crowns are known for being durable, lasting dental restorations.
If you want more information on crowns to brighten your smile, contact Jupiter dentist Dr. Charles Braverman at 561.575.5599.