Dental crowns are an incredibly popular restorative solution for patients who have a damaged or compromised tooth. Dental crowns are available in several different materials, provide a wealth of benefits to the patient and can restore damaged teeth, even teeth that look as though they are beyond saving. A dental crown can be the difference between saving a tooth or having it extracted. But if you are contemplating a dental crown as a cosmetic solution, then we will detail what a dental crown is and the benefits of them.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown, otherwise known as a cap, can be described as a shell that fits seamlessly around a compromised tooth. They are constructed from a wide range of different materials and can be made to mimic the colour of your original, natural teeth. In order to fit a dental crown, your dentist might have to remove or scrape some of the tooth away in order to make sure that the dental crown fits snugly over the original tooth. There are several different types of dental crowns available, with each one being made from a different material, including the following:
- Stainless steel
- A combination of metals
- Temporary crowns
What are the benefits of a dental crown?
There are many notable benefits of dental crowns, which is why they are often chosen as restorative solution for cracked, broken or damage teeth, specifically molars, which are located at the back of the mouth and are used to chew and grind food down to a manageable texture that can be easily swallowed. We will be going through the main advantages of dental crowns in a moment, but more specifically, dental crowns can:
- Cover cracks and chips
- Restore structure to damaged teeth
- Provide protection and strength after a root canal
- To reinforce a dental bridge
- To rebuild teeth to their natural shape, colour and size
- Protect a weak tooth from breaking
- To repair a broken tooth
- Attach bridges
- Cover discoloured teeth
- Support a filling
In addition to all of the more specific benefits of a dental crown, let’s delve into five of the most significant benefits that can be experienced by patients who have discoloured or damaged teeth.
1. They help relieve tooth discomfort
Dental crowns are most often used to restore and repair structural damage to broken teeth. Most often, they are used to conclude root canal treatment, which can be painful to experience. As soon as the underlying problem is treated and rectified, then the remaining tooth can be protected and restored using a dental crown. A dental crown not only has the ability to prevent further tooth damage, but it can also aid in reducing tooth sensitivity, thus relieving tooth pain and discomfort.
2. Dental crowns are straightforward to fit
Once meticulous dental treatment has been carried out to rectify the original issue, then dental crowns are the most obvious and straightforward conclusion to such treatments. As soon as the initial treatment has been carried out, then fitting the dental crown afterwards is straightforward in comparison. This is because they are tailor-made to fit snugly around your existing tooth, while still blending in seamlessly with the others, making them completely unnoticeable whilst smiling, eating or speaking.
3. They are custom-made
As already touched upon, dental crowns can be tailor-made to your mouth, meaning they will be made to the exact size, look and colour of your original tooth. This means that no one will notice that you have a dental crown, regardless of the amount they have. This makes them fully-functional almost right from their installation.
4. It can restore the appearance of your smile
Having a dental crown will restore the appearance of your teeth, meaning that you will be able to speak, eat, smile and laugh with confidence once again. They will go over the damaged tooth, covering that completely for a perfect-looking tooth-like casing – the dental crown. As it is made to mimic the natural colour of your teeth, this restores your smile to its original look.
5. Dental crowns last for many years
Once you have had a dental crown fitted, it has the ability to last for many years, sometimes decades, with the right care and attention. Dental crowns are designed to be durable and long-lasting, being able to withstand chewing, biting and grinding food. With the correct dental hygiene routine and regular dental check-ups, your dental crown will last for a considerably long time.
What is the purpose of a dental crown?
A dental crown has multiple purposes and can be used in a wide range of different situations and scenarios, which we have already touched upon above. Usually, dental crowns are used for adult teeth, but they can be used for children’s teeth, in some rare cases. They are used for children’s teeth in the following cases:
- To save a tooth that has been damaged by decay
- To protect the teeth of a child who is at high risk of tooth decay
Quorn Dental Practice and Implant Clinic is able to provide a wide range of different dental treatments, including dental crowns, implants, bridges, dentures, veneers and more. From emergency appointments to root canals and orthodontics, you can always count on us to provide excellent dental treatments and superb customer service. For further information about how we can help you today, get in touch with a member of our professional, highly-qualified team – we are always pleased to hear from you.