Dental crowns are effective as tooth restorations for several different reasons. Being designed to replicate the size, shape, and contour of your tooth means the crown can successfully restore the tooth’s entire visible structure in a highly conservative manner. However, the specific ways a custom dental crown can fix your tooth, and the other advantages that come with the use of advanced dental materials, can make the modern restorations even more beneficial. Today, we examine a few of the things a custom dental crown can do for your tooth, both immediately and for the tooth’s long-term health.
Make your tooth strong again
Dental crowns have been around for centuries, and their main purpose hasn’t changed much. Most frequently, dental crowns are utilized to restore teeth that have become structurally compromised from damage, infection, excessive wear, and other concerns. This is necessary because your natural tooth structure won’t heal when it becomes compromised. If it’s damaged, the damage will grow worse. If it’s decaying, the decay will grow more severe. With a custom-designed dental crown placed over it, your tooth can regain its strength and structural integrity so you can bite and chew with full force and not damage the tooth any further.
Give your tooth a makeover
Restoring a tooth’s strength and integrity is an important role of a modern dental crown, but many of today’s crowns are more than just functional. For instance, many modern crowns are crafted from highly lifelike materials, such as porcelain, that can be designed to closely replicate the color, shade, and luminescence of your healthy tooth structure and enamel. This means your dental crown will be virtually indistinguishable from your healthy, natural tooth structure, allowing it to completely makeover its appearance if the tooth is severely blemished.
Replace a tooth more effectively
Traditionally, dental crowns have often been used to support a custom dental bridge to replace a lost tooth, or multiple adjacent teeth. The supportive crowns can be bonded to nearby healthy teeth, called abutment teeth, and offer the dental crown a substantial level of support. However, today, many patients can benefit even further by combining a highly lifelike dental crown with a biocompatible, root-like dental implant post. When the post is placed in your jawbone, it can replace the root of your lost tooth, and the crown attached to the post can replace the tooth’s visible crown structure.
Learn if your smile can use a dental crown
A custom-designed dental crown can do more for your tooth than you might realize, from improving its appearance to completely restoring its ability to function. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call Cedar Dental in Cedar Rapids, IA, today at (319) 364-7108.