When was the last time you used duct tape? No matter who you are, duct tape has fixed something in your home or car. Duct tape is able to do so many different jobs that the original use for this tape isn’t even thought about when you bring up the name. Dental crowns are like the duct tape of the dental world. They are able to do so many different things to help your smile that they are one of the go-to treatments in restoring the look and function of smiles. Dr. Schopper and the team at S&G Family Dentistry will help you decide if crowns can get you back to having a great smile in no time.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are a wonderful dental restoration that can fix many different issues you have with your mouth. Now, you should know that there are actually two types of dental crowns. There is the traditional dental crown and the type of crown that is used as a dental implant restoration.
- Traditional Crown – Traditional crowns are usually made from a ceramic material (porcelain), though we also offer gold and zirconia. They act like caps that go over the top of the teeth they are going to repair. This requires that the teeth be shaved down to accommodate the crown placement. A crown is bonded and sealed over your damaged tooth to protect it from further damage.
- Implant Restoration – Unlike the traditional crown, this crown is not hollow. Instead of fitting over a natural tooth, this type of crown is designed to replace the tooth completely. It is solid and, because it’s attached to an implant, will hold up to the biting forces inside your mouth.
What Dental Crowns Can Do for Your Smile
When it comes to repairing and restoring your smile, dental crowns can do many different jobs. Here are some of the ways dental crowns can help your smile.
Traditional Dental Crowns
- Repair Cracks – A crack leaves your tooth vulnerable to further damage. The crack weakens the tooth and may lead to a break if you’re not careful (or even if you are). A dental crown is an effective solution for your cracked tooth. The crown will fit over the tooth and support it. This does two things. First, it keeps the tooth from cracking further. Second, it allows the tooth to be used in your mouth to chew, speak, and smile again.
- Repair Breaks – When your tooth breaks, you are in a very dangerous situation. Breaks will expose the inner part of your tooth and may damage the pulp and dental nerve inside. If this happens, you may need a root canal to save your tooth. Dental crowns will hold the pieces of your tooth together and eliminate the possibility of further breakage. The dental crown will also return your tooth to a functional state, restoring your smile’s appearance in the process.
- Repair Tooth Decay – Tooth decay (cavities) damages your tooth and eats away at it. When the cavity is cleared by your dentist at S&G Family Dentistry, a hole is left. For extensive decay, there may not be enough natural tooth material left for a normal dental filling to be effective. This is when a dental crown is used. The crown is custom made to fit your smile and cover the damaged tooth. This keeps you from needing a tooth extraction and also puts a usable tooth back into your smile.
- Dental Crown Restorations – Single tooth dental implants provide you with a new, stable base for a replacement tooth. A crown is used to give you that replacement tooth. These solid restorations fix to the top of the dental implant and give you a healthy, strong, full smile once again.
- Dental Bridge Restorations – This option uses both the traditional crown and solid crown to give you a full smile. A solid crown is bonded to traditional crowns on each side. These crowns are placed on healthy teeth on either side of the gap in your smile to anchor the replacement tooth in place, thus filling your smile.
Dental crowns are one of the most versatile, helpful members of the restorative dental family. They are able to repair damaged or decayed teeth and replace lost teeth. Your smile will be healthier and brighter thanks to dental crowns. Want to get your smile back on the right track? Call our Leawood, KS office today at 913-945-1612 to schedule your appointment. You can use our online form to schedule your appointment as well.