A dental crown is often used to seal up a tooth that has a very large cavity in it or that has had to have a root canal. Crowns, as the name suggests, replace the top part of your tooth. Many people have crowns, and our team here at Everglades Family Dental places them on a very regular basis. If you have a tooth that has a large cavity, you may need a crown. We may also need to place a crown for a number of other reasons.
What is a Dental Crown Made From?
A crown can be made from a number of different materials. Older crowns were often made from metal, but today, we use porcelain, ceramics, or composite resins. These materials are very durable and will last for years. They also blend in with the rest of your teeth so few people notice them.
Full Dental Crowns
There are several different types of crowns. The most common type is a full crown. These crowns can be either temporary or permanent. After a root canal or other procedure, we may place a temporary crown on the tooth until your permanent crown is prepared. We will make the crown to perfectly fit the space, match the overall shape and look of your tooth, and match the color. Once it is ready, we remove that temporary crown and cement the permanent one into place. This crown can last for years if you take care of it, but it can be knocked off due to injury or if the tooth under it begins to decay.
Onlays or three-fourths crowns are similar to full crowns, but they do not cover the whole tooth. Instead, they only cover about three-fourths of it. This type of crown is useful when you do not need the full top of the tooth replaced. If your tooth is still intact and is not in danger of breaking, an onlay may be an option.
Other Uses of Dental Crowns
In addition to covering a tooth that has had a root canal, crowns can be used for a few other things. For instance, they may be used to support a bridge. A crown may be placed on the teeth on either side of the gap to help hold and support your replacement teeth. Crowns can also be used to help make misshapen teeth look more natural.
Why Get a Dental Crown?
A crown is an important piece of dental work that will protect the tooth it is placed on. A crown protects the interior of a tooth, preventing bacteria from getting into it. If bacteria does enter the tooth and works its way down to the gums, it can actually get into your bloodstream and spread infection throughout the body.
Crowns also help strengthen teeth. If you have a tooth that is cracked, a crown can help hold it together. This can be an alternative to extraction. We always try to save the tooth if at all possible, and sometimes, that means a crown. If you think you need a crown on one of your teeth, call Everglades Family Dental today at (754) 764-0465 to schedule an appointment.