When it comes to restorative dentistry, dental crowns are one of the most common tools that dentists rely on for their patients. Also known as caps, dental crowns serve as a complete protective cover for a tooth that has required some restoration. Dental crowns encase the entire tooth that can be seen above the gums.
There are several reasons for a dental crown to be placed. If your dentist has identified any of the following problems in your dentition, they are likely to recommend placing a dental crown:
Additionally, if you’ve had a sizeable filling in which there is not much of a tooth left, a dental crown might be employed to strengthen and disguise it. Dental crowns are also used to keep dental bridges securely in place as well as covering up implants.
In terms of cosmetic dentistry, dental crowns may also be used to cover up major discoloration.
Your dentist will apply a temporary crown first, while your permanent crown is being prepared. Temporary crowns are usually acrylic, but can also be made of stainless steel.
Permanent dental crowns can be made up of several kinds of materials. Metals are common, as they’re strong and long-lasting, withstanding years of normal biting and chewing. Ceramic and porcelain crowns are great for matching the natural color of the surrounding teeth and also suit patients with allergies to certain metals.
The aforementioned dental crown types may also be used in combination with each other. In a porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crown, the metallic material is hidden underneath the porcelain outer coating.
Our talented dentists at Marshfield Dental Group in Marshfield, MA will guide you in the right direction when it comes to dental crown placement, as well as all of your other dental needs. We are proud to provide top-notch dental care in Marshfield, MA.