Restore and beautify
Dental crowns have been around since ancient times, becoming more reliable and comfortable in the early 1900s. Small wonder they’ve remained popular – they serve a multitude of purposes.
A dental crown is a cap made of a durable, restorative material. It encircles a tooth, covering all visible surfaces. It protects and strengthens the exterior, while the natural root remains intact.
Crowns may be fabricated from all porcelain, a very hard, stain resistant ceramic. Porcelain crowns blend beautifully with natural teeth, and are preferred for anterior restorations. Crowns comprised of a metal core fused to a porcelain shell work great for back teeth; those which must withstand greater bite force when chewing. An all metal crown is also a sound dental solution. Since the hardness of gold is similar to that of natural enamel, it is kind to the opposing tooth. However, most patients prefer a tooth-colored restoration over the flash of a “gold tooth.”
Dr. Griffin may recommend a dental crown if you have a badly decayed tooth or a tooth that is fractured or broken by trauma. By removing the damaged or decayed portions and strengthening the structure with a crown, the tooth is saved and protected from further harm. This solution is stronger and more permanent than a large filling or bonding.
Usually, the doctor will finish a root canal with a crown. In this case, the entire procedure is an alternative to extraction.
For a congenitally missing tooth or one that has been lost, a traditional crown and bridge unit restores function and appearance. The teeth on either side of the space are crowned to anchor an artificial replacement for the missing tooth.
Today, a dental implant is the preferred method to restore a lost tooth. A dental implant is a tiny, titanium cylinder placed into the jaw bone to mimic the root of the missing tooth. Once it has fused into the bone, it is topped with a dental crown. The result is a single restoration that does not require cutting of the adjacent teeth and will provide many years of service and is totally resistant to decay.
Sometimes a tooth is very crooked, misshapen, or so discolored that even a veneer can’t fix the appearance. In that situation, a crown is a cosmetic alternative.
With his own history of successful dental restorations, you can rely on Dr. Chris Griffin’s advice and expertise when you need a dental crown.