Even if you’ve never had a dental crown placed over one of your teeth before, there’s a good chance you have at least an idea of what one is. For example, you might know that dental crowns are named after the part of your tooth that’s also called the crown, and that’s because it’s designed to completely replicate that part of your tooth. However, modern dental crowns are designed to do a lot more than you might realize, and if you have one of several concerns with your tooth’s health and integrity, then a dental crown may be the best way to restore it.
Improving teeth that are cosmetically blemished
One of the biggest advancements in restorative dental treatment over the years has been the more precise use of highly lifelike and durable dental materials. That includes dental porcelain, which has the ability to closely resemble your healthy and natural tooth structure, including the way your natural tooth enamel reflects light on your teeth’s surfaces. This optimal level of realism makes porcelain dental crowns a good option for improving the appearance of teeth that are severely discolored or otherwise blemished.
Fixing teeth that might otherwise be lost
While their appearance has become much more realistic and lifelike over the years, dental crowns have also become much more effective and beneficial restoring damaged or decayed teeth. Even cases of severe damage to your tooth’s structure may be addressed with a custom-designed dental crown, which can offer optimal results in protecting the tooth’s structure and restoring your bite’s function. Because of their durability and lifelike, custom design, a dental crown may be a good solution for fixing and saving a tooth that might otherwise be lost if not restored promptly.
Replacing teeth that are already lost
Much of the advantage of modern dental crowns is being able to fix or restore a tooth. However, today’s crowns can also be part of a highly lifelike replacement for a lost or extracted tooth. Because a dental crown closely mimics your tooth’s healthy, natural crown, it can be adjoined to a dental implant post that also closely resembles the form and function of your lost tooth’s root. A dental implant and crown can provide the most comprehensive way of replacing a lost tooth and preventing the loss from significantly impacting your oral health.