Cosmetic dentistry restorations can range across a variety of treatments, including porcelain veneers, dental implants, composite fillings and tooth whitening. One of the most common cosmetic dentistry options for restoring and revitalizing a smile is a dental crown.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped prosthetic device that serves as a cap to cover the entire surface of a damaged tooth, protect the integrity of the tooth root and improve the tooth’s appearance. Dental crowns are made from of a number of materials; however, porcelain is the most popular due to its aesthetics and function. Porcelain dental crowns can be made to match the shape, size and color of natural teeth. In addition, they are highly durable and can function just as a normal tooth would for several years, with the proper care.
When is a dental crown the right care option versus some other type of cosmetic dentistry restoration?
1. Lost Tooth – When a patient has lost a tooth, a dental implant helps replace the function and aesthetic of a healthy tooth. A dental implant is made up of a post, which is fixed on the jawbone to replace the tooth root. The dental crown is placed to act as the tooth.
2. Broken Cusp – Accidents and large fillings can cause a piece of the chewing surface of a tooth to break off. This is referred to as a broken cusp and makes the tooth prone to future cracks and can cause immense damage to the tooth over time. To prevent this, a dental crown can be placed to conceal the remaining cusps and protect them from the direct bite pressure.
3. Lost a Restoration – Unfortunately, crowns and fillings do eventually need to be replaced. When they break or fall out, the tooth will need to be repaired to prevent further damage, pain, or an infection. A dental crown is typically the best option for restoring and building up a tooth that has already been weakened with a previous restoration.
4. Extensive Decay – When decay is detected early, it can often be treated with a dental filling. If the decay is left untreated and progresses or is more extensive to begin with, a dental crown is the best option for eliminating the decay and restoring your tooth to normal function and appearance.
When you need a dental crown to restore your smile, the prosthodontists at Dental Solutions of Binghamton are ready to help. Prosthodontists are the most highly trained restorative dentists in the country with extensive training using state of the art technology and procedures for complex oral health issues. Call for your appointment with Dr. Sambursky or Dr. Zietsman today, 607.798.0789.