How Does a Dental Crown Protect My Smile?

January 25, 2018

A dental crown is sometimes referred to as cap, and it used to restore a tooth in both appearance and function. Crowns can be made of materials like porcelain, zirconia, and a fusion of porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM). The material used to make the crown is determined by where in the mouth it will be used. While some materials look more natural, stronger materials provide more durability to protect teeth in the back of the mouth that do heavy chewing. A crown can protect your tooth for a lifetime if properly cared for, just like your natural teeth. Like caring for your natural teeth, proper care for a dental crown involves good hygiene, mindful choices, and regular visits to your dentist. Dental crowns can protect vulnerable teeth, and can replace missing teeth to protect your smile.

Restoring a Damaged/Decayed Tooth

Once tooth decay reaches the inner chamber of a tooth, a root canal treatment may be required to clear out any infection and decay. After a tooth has been treated with a root canal treatment, it must be protected with a crown to keep it from being left incomplete and vulnerable. Teeth that are injured in an accident or injury may result in a severe crack. A crown can be applied to permanently protect a damaged tooth to restore it to its former appearance and function.

Replacing a Missing Tooth

When a tooth is lost or extracted, both the body of the tooth and the roots are gone. While a dental implant replaces the roots, a crown replaces the body of the tooth. When a tooth is missing from your smile, it can cause a shift by the other teeth and a potential loss of bone density in the jaw. Aside from wisdom teeth extraction or losing baby teeth, it is usually very important to your smile’s health to replace missing teeth. A crown can provide stability to your other teeth, restore your smile’s appearance, and give you back your speaking, chewing, and biting abilities.

A Dental Crown Can Protect a Damaged Smile

A crown can protect a damaged tooth or replace a missing one. To schedule a consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.