When a dentist mentions dental crowns as a possible procedure to consider, most of us go through one of three reactions: acceptance, denial, or a realization that you have no idea what is involved. What you do know about dental crowns is that they can be expensive and you will need to make another appointment. You check out of the conversation right there. Spending more time and money is not worth it to you, but is that line of thinking really what is best for your smile’s health? Dental crowns are often forgotten because people don’t understand them. Some clarification about what a dental crown is and when it is best to get is needed.
Defining Dental Crowns
Essentially, a dental crown is a casing that is placed over your tooth. This permanent casing is secured into place and protects or stabilizes your existing tooth. It may sound simple and you now might be wondering why they tend to be a little expensive. The truth is that dental crowns are not manufactured by the thousands and then shipped to your dentist. They are made custom each time for every patient to ensure proper fit. This is also where the second appointment comes up. Your dentist will calculate your bite and your smile measurements so your custom crowns fit perfectly and look completely natural. Once a professional crafts your crown for you, your dentist can then secure it to your tooth.
A DENTAL CROWN IS APPLIED FOR MANY REASONS
When You Need a Dental Crown
Too often people think that dental crowns are only used when a tooth is completely and unarguably broken. Believe it or not, dental crowns are not just for broken teeth, they are also used to strengthen, protect, or even beautify a tooth.
When you have a large cavity in need of repair or an old cavity that was filled, there’s a good chance a dental crown is a good idea. The hole a large cavity creates in your tooth also leaves it structurally unsound. Even if it was previously filled, the filling is not as strong as your original tooth. A dental crown will reinforce your tooth.
If you’ve had a root canal a dental crown is usually a good option for you. A root canal may help your tooth last a lifetime by preventing decay, but it also weakens your tooth. A dental crown can reinforce your tooth and prevent further damage.
People also get dental crowns for cosmetic reasons. A dental crown effectively covers you tooth and can hide any unseemly marks or discolorations. If you want to improve smile, a dental crown may be the way to go.
Types of Dental Crowns
There are several different types of dental crowns and they each have their advantages and disadvantages. If you are considering dental crowns then consider each option carefully and choose the one that is best for you and your budget.
The least expensive and strongest dental crown is completely metal. While it’s advantage lies in cost and strength it is not considered the most appealing of the options.
The porcelain bonded to metal dental crown is a more popular choice as it offers the strength of the metal and the appearance of a natural tooth. The downside to this choice is that sometimes the metal still shows through at the base of your tooth.
All porcelain dental crowns are considered the most appealing, as they look the most natural. However, all porcelain dental crowns are not as strong and extra caution should be used with them.
Now that you’ve had the chance to learn more about dental crowns, you don’t have to be caught by surprise when, or if it’s suggested. With your knowledge, you can see why dentists have good reasons to suggest them. At Bonaventure Dental, we always try to explain and make sure you understand and know all of your options. We want to give you what is best for you and your budget. If you are considering dental crowns or would like to know more options available to you, contact Bonaventure Dental today.