Can Dental Crowns Improve the Appearance of Natural Teeth?

Keeping all of your biological teeth for your lifetime is a goal worth working toward. There are many things that can make that goal seem impossible, but dental crowns can provide a means to save teeth that might otherwise be lost. And for teeth that are unattractive due to stains, chips, or extensive decay, dental crowns come in different sizes for different applications and can turn imperfection into beautiful in a couple of dental appointments.

Your dentist will determine what type of restorative treatment is best; to repair a tooth already afflicted with decay, a dental onlay may be the best option. For a broken tooth, a full crown is usually recommended. Other conditions where a crown can enhance dental problems include:

…dental crowns come in different sizes for different applications and can turn imperfection into beautiful in a couple of dental appointments.

Tooth loss – Trauma, infection or extensive decay can result in the loss of one or more teeth. Depending on your situation, there are a couple of options to restore tooth loss. The patient can opt for a partial or complete bridge or denture. When selecting a fixed (permanent) prosthetic, quite often the abutment teeth will receive dental crowns to hold the unit in place.

For patients who wish to restore tooth loss to as close to natural as possible, one or more dental implants may be recommended. An implant is a small screw like device made from titanium that is surgically embedded in the gum where tooth loss has occurred. Once healed, the implant is covered with a crown that has been made to match surrounding teeth in size, shape and color. The crown is permanently cemented in place with the implant providing stability to feel and look like a biological tooth.

Root Canal – When the nerve of a tooth has been damaged, the need to remove the contents of the tooth’s roots becomes imperative to prevent infection and tooth loss. The dentist will open the tooth to gain access to the root canals. Once cleaned out, the tooth must be sealed. In some instances, sealing the tooth may be completed with composite resin. But in most cases, a dental crown is placed to seal the tooth.

Keeping biological teeth in place should be a goal for everyone; however, when the situation calls for a much needed repair, a dental crown is an option that provides functionality and aesthetics that will last for a very long time.