Sometimes, problems arise, despite your best efforts to prevent them. You might do everything you can to protect your teeth, but an accident or injury can cause damage. Unlike other injuries, a cracked tooth or one with a cavity cannot repair itself. Instead, it needs to be repaired. Victor Nitu DDS provides many treatments for repairing damaged or decayed teeth, including crowns.
Do I Need a Crown?
When it comes to treating damaged teeth, a crown is one of the most common solutions. It is often recommended when a tooth has been too damaged to repair with more conservative treatments, such as bonding, veneers, or fillings. It may also be recommended to correct some types of cosmetic concerns, such as misshapen teeth or teeth that smaller than the rest.
How Does a Crown Work?
The goal of a crown is to repair a damaged or decayed tooth. It functions to protect and strengthen the tooth. In doing so, it aids in preventing further damage or the need for an extraction. The crown itself is made to sit on top of the entire tooth, effectively covering it and protecting the actual tooth underneath.
If you need a crown, we will first prepare the damaged tooth. What this means is that we will remove some of its enamel. This makes the tooth smaller, which then allows your new crown to fit perfectly naturally in your mouth. We then have to take an impression. This impression is what is used to make your crown. After your restoration has been made, it is bonded, or glued, into place on the damaged tooth. The crown essentially becomes the new top of your tooth, enduring the acts of biting and chewing while effectively preventing the actual tooth from breaking apart.
What is a Crown Made From?
You have a few options when it comes to what type of crown you choose. Metal crowns provide the greatest strength. Their biggest drawback, however, is that their color. These crowns are gold or silver, which make them stand out. While they are better hidden at the back of the mouth, some people are still not comfortable with the idea of having a shiny metal crown anywhere in their mouth. One of the most popular choices for crowns is ceramic.
Ceramic crowns lack the strength of metal ones, but they do provide near perfect aesthetic results. With ceramic, no one will be able to tell the difference between the crown and the rest of your teeth. This benefit makes ceramic crowns the perfect solution for treating damaged teeth visible in your smile.
Is a Crown Permanent?
Crowns are not considered to be permanent. They can wear down over time. How long they do last, however, depends upon several factors. One of the biggest factors in determining the lifespan of a crown is what it’s made from. For example, because metal is stronger than ceramic, it can last much longer. Other factors that can affect the lifespan of your crown include your oral care routine, habits such as biting fingernails, and accidents that cause facial injuries.
When you suffer tooth damage, it’s important to seek dental care right away. For more information on crowns, call Victor Nitu DDS at (480) 536-8228 today.