You’ve likely heard about dental crowns, but most are left in the dark on what their actual purpose is! Let’s explore them together!
When it comes to dental care, we know the importance of brushing, flossing, and bi-annual teeth cleanings, but when it comes to the details of specific dental procedures we’re often in the dark. So, we’re here to shed the light on dental crowns!
At Dr. Martin, DDS in NYC, our dental office provides comprehensive dental care including teeth cleanings, teeth whitening, veneers, and dental crowns. If you’re getting ready for dental crowns or would like to learn more, catch today’s post below!
Demystifying Dental Crowns
Apart from getting your cavities filled, you may be in the dark about all the dental procedures that our dental office offers, including dental crowns. So, what are dental crowns and why do we need them? Let’s dive into them below!
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is essentially a cap that sits over the top surface of a tooth to not only restore function to that tooth but it also helps with the function and aesthetics of your mouth.
Why do we need dental crowns?
People get dental crowns for functional and aesthetic purposes.
Functional Dental Crowns
We need our teeth because they provide structure to our mouths and when they’re missing and if we don’t treat and restore them, it can cause bone degradation in our jaw. Below are a couple of functional purposes of dental crowns:
Damaged tooth – Perhaps you’ve had dental trauma that has resulted in a cracked or chipped tooth — a dental crown can help hold a damaged tooth together.
Cavities – If you’ve had a large number of cavities in one tooth, it may lose strength over time, so getting a crown fortifies the to make it stronger.
Tooth restoration – If you’re replacing a tooth with a dental implant, a dental crown is placed to strengthen the new tooth for a strong, fortified tooth!
Root canal repair – Undergoing a root canal can leave your tooth brittle and weak so a dental crown is placed on the surface to reinforce the tooth.
Cosmetic Dental Crowns
We need dental crowns for functional reasons, but people also seek them out for cosmetic purposes.
Discoloration – If you have a tooth that is discolored and it can’t be treated with teeth whitening, a dental crown is an excellent way to fix this aesthetic issue.
Small teeth issues – Whether you have a minimal gap or crooked teeth, sometimes a dental crown is the perfect procedure to address these cosmetic concerns.
Dental Crown Materials
A crown can be made of a variety of materials depending on the need of the tooth and patients preferences and they include:
Metal dental crowns – Metal dental crowns can vary from stainless steel, gold, platinum, cobalt-chromium, or nickel-chromium. They’re ideal for prolonged wear and tear because they’re strong and durable over time. Some people tend to steer away from them because of their appearance, which can be a disadvantage because they don’t blend well with the natural tooth.
Porcelain fused to metal dental crowns – When a bridge is needed to fortify the tooth, this is a great option for front to back teeth — the metal fortifies the tooth and can be covered by a porcelain crown.
Resin – Resin dental crowns are some of the most affordable types of dental crowns, however, they don’t always have the longevity of porcelain or metal dental crowns.
Ceramic/porcelain – These types of dental crowns are the standard choice in cosmetic dental crowns because they easily blend with natural teeth and are great for patients with any metal allergies.
Dental crowns a common dental procedure that we offer ar Dr.Martin, DDS! They can both restore the function and aesthetics back to your smile!
For more information on our dental crown services, connect with us today.