Because they sit right at the overlap between restorative and cosmetic procedures, crowns are one of the essentials of modern dentistry. They fix existing problems and guard against future ones, all while keeping your smile at full strength.
Today’s crowns are made of such resilient material they can act as strong and as reasonable as the teeth they cover, or replace. The most common materials are stainless steel, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, and ceramic.
Probably the most known use of dental crowns is to protect a weak tooth that is in danger of breaking. Crowns provide excellent defense against encroaching decay, and salvage the parts of the tooth that are the most vulnerable.
More recently, crowns are the final step in getting dental implants, which are replacement tooth roots made of titanium. After the implant takes effect by fusing biocompatibly with the jaw, the doctor fits you for a crown. This serves as the entirety of your new tooth.
Crowns are used particularly in children, especially those who appear at risk of poor dental health in adolescence and adulthood. If a baby tooth is too damaged to support a filling, the tooth will be crowned.
Occasionally, a permanent tooth will have less surface area than a filling requires. A crown builds that space back up, making it easier to accept the filling.
For more about crowns, contact our local dentists.