Dental crowns are used in many different situations; cosmetic and restorative. In the past, these tooth-like “caps” were made out of metals like gold and silver. With the advancement of dentistry over the past few decades, now dentists have begun to use materials like composite resin and porcelain – which are much more aesthetically appealing. If you’ve ever had a broken, cracked, or weak tooth, you’re probably familiar with dental crowns. Did you know they have several advantages? We’ll cover just the top 3 – but the list could go on much longer!
Natural, Tooth-Like Appearance
With materials like porcelain or composite resin, your dentist will be able to match your crown to the shade of your natural teeth. Not only does this give it a natural appearance, but it also creates a seamless smile – no one will ever know your tooth was damaged!
If you’ve cracked, chipped, or broken your tooth, your dentist may recommend placing a dental crown to hold it together and protect it from damaging any further.
For patients who have lost complete teeth, dental implants may be recommended. In this case, a crown is used to cover the implant and shape it like your other teeth.
With proper care, dental crowns can last up to 15 years! How’s that for a durable restoration option?
Do You Need To Prepare For A Dental Crown?
Your dentist will do most of the preparation for you. If your tooth is missing large portions, they may use filling to build it back up in order for the “cap” to fit snugly. Otherwise, it may be as simple as letting your dentist take a mold of your tooth so they can make your custom crown!