The Many Uses of Dental Crowns

Jun 7, 2013

Thanks to the advent of modern dentistry, there have been many medical advancements in the realm of restorative treatment for teeth. One of the most multi-functional treatments that exists in the realm of restorative dentistry are dental crowns. Dental crowns work through the means of capping a portion of the tooth and thus becoming the new outer surface of the tooth. Because of the materials crowns are made of (frequently alloys, porcelain, stainless steel or other strong materials), crowns strengthen the tooth.

 

Reasons for Getting a Crown

As mentioned, crowns are a very useful tool at a dentist’s disposal when combating dental problems in a patient. Some of the most common uses are:

  • Reinforcing Decayed Teeth — In the case of cavities, sometimes a filling just isn’t enough. When a tooth has decayed too much for a filling to repair, crown treatment is often considered, due to its ability to strengthen the tooth.

  • Dental Bridges — For dental bridges to function properly, they need an anchoring point in a neighboring tooth. When bridgework is done, neighboring teeth will be topped with a crown to anchor the false tooth in place.

  • Restoring Broken or Worn Down Teeth — Sometimes accidents happen, and teeth can be chipped or get worn down from causes such as grinding. In these cases, a dental crown can bring a tooth back to an optimal condition for normal use. Likewise, it makes the tooth more aesthetically appealing than having a broken tooth in your smile.

  • Dental Implants — Dental implants also require crowns to function properly. Dentists place a crown on top of the implant at the end of a dental implant procedure.

  • Cosmetic Purposes — Sometimes teeth end up discolored or misshapen naturally. In these cases, dentists frequently recommend dental crowns to alleviate these problems in patients.

If you have any questions about dental crowns, or would like to discuss the possibility of getting a dental crown you can visit Noble Smile’s page on dental crowns, or contact Noble Smile Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule an appointment.