You have probably heard of dental crowns. You probably know someone who has one or more. You may even have one yourself.
What you may not know are all the reasons you could benefit from having a crown. That’s what we want to discuss in today’s post. We’ll start with some things you may already know and then share some new possibilities.
If you find one of these options could be what you’ve been seeking, call 256-274-8680 today. Make an appointment with Charles F. Betts, Jr, DMD, in Decatur, AL.
Crowns are considered one of the most common services in restorative dentistry. Various types of crowns have been around for centuries. For a long time, crowns were made of metal because their primary purpose was to restore the function of damaged teeth.
Today, we have modern ceramics that allow you to bite and chew while preserving the natural appearance of your smile. Crowns can and have been used to repair problems such as:
- Broken teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn-down teeth
To correct these issues, we can reshape your tooth into an abutment. What’s left is the healthy part of your tooth. This acts as an abutment to support your crown.
2. Cosmetic Benefits
Would you like to improve the appearance of your smile? If so, teeth whitening or orthodontic treatments might be the first things that come to mind. The truth is that crowns can be equally beneficial for some cosmetic issues.
If you have a single tooth that is noticeably darker than the rest of your smile, a crown can be made so your tooth blends in with the rest of your smile. If you have teeth that are small or misshapen, we can design a crown of a different size or shape.
In each of these situations, the process is similar to what we described above. We reshape the tooth and place the crown on the abutment for support.
When you are missing a tooth, you don’t have anything to reshape and support a single crown. For a long time, the best option in this situation was to fuse crowns together to form a dental bridge. Nearby teeth could then be reshaped to support your bridge and fill the gap in your smile.
With advances in modern dentistry, however, you do have another option. Dental implants were developed to replace the roots of missing teeth. A single implant can be used to support a crown. This way you have a complete tooth replacement, and you don’t have to reshape otherwise healthy teeth.