There are many reasons why your dentist may suggest a tooth be crowned. Dental crowns are a general dental treatment used to protect teeth from further damage, provide strength for teeth that have been weakened for some reason and for cosmetic reasons. When a tooth has a large filling, a crown can add stability and strength and provide a strong chewing surface for the tooth. Root canal therapy can make a tooth brittle; crowning such a tooth is often advised to keep if from cracking or breaking in the future. A badly misshapen or discolored tooth may be a good candidate for a crown for cosmetic reasons.
Some of the materials crowns are manufactured from are stainless steel, gold alloy, porcelain-fused-to-metal and resin or ceramic. A lot of factors go into the decision on what type of material will be used for a crown. Dr. Frederick will make a determination regarding the best choices for your situation and advise you accordingly.
Crowning the tooth will take some preparation. Dr. Frederick will explain exactly what the procedure will be for preparing your tooth for the permanent crown. When the crown is ready, the area around the tooth will be cleaned and dried thoroughly and the crown will be permanently cemented on the tooth. Ceramic, resin and porcelain crowns have the appearance and feel of natural teeth.
Cosmetic Dental Crowns
There are times when damage, decay, discoloration or deformity affects the appearance of an anterior tooth causing your smile to be less than appealing. In such situations crowning the tooth for aesthetic reasons may be called for. Under these circumstances a crown is most likely going to be resin, ceramic or porcelain fused to metal. These choices provide a natural look to the tooth and usually the difference between the crowned tooth and other teeth is not noticeable at all. If you have a situation where you would like to consider a crown for cosmetic reasons, contact Frederick Dental today for a consultation to chat with Dr. Frederick and find out if this is the best route for you to take.