A dental crown is a protective cap used to restore a tooth in both appearance and function. Crowns can be made of materials like orcelain, zirconia, and porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM). The material used is determined by where in the mouth they will be used. Some materials look more like natural teeth, while stronger materials are more durable to protect back teeth that do heavy chewing. A crown can protect your teeth for a lifetime with the proper care. Proper care for a dental crown is just like taking care of your regular teeth: good hygiene, mindful choices, and regular visits to your dentist. Dental crowns protect vulnerable teeth, and can replace missing teeth.
Restoration From Damage or Decay
Once tooth decay reaches the inner pulp and roots, a root canal treatment may be required to clear out the infection and decay. A tooth that has been treated with a root canal can be left incomplete and vulnerable. A crown will be applied to permanently protect it and restore it to its former appearance and function. Teeth are injured in an accident resulting in a severe crack may need a crown for the same reasons.
Paired With Dental Implants
When a tooth is extracted, both the body of the tooth and the roots are removed. While a dental implant replaces the roots, a crown could replace the top portion of the tooth. When a tooth is missing from your smile, it can lead to a shifting of the other teeth and potential loss of bone density in the jaw. Aside from missing teeth as a child or wisdom teeth extractions, it is usually quite important for the health of your mouth to replace missing teeth. A crown can provide stability, replace the void in your smile’s appearance, and give you back your speaking, chewing, and biting abilities.
A Dental Crown Can Protect a Vulnerable Tooth
A crown can serve your smile in several different ways. 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.