Porcelain crowns are one of the most versatile dental treatments available. Crowns restore a tooth to proper working order while also beautifying a tooth, so it blends in with the rest of your smile. Each porcelain crown is customized to the patient so no one ever needs to know that you got a crown. At New Orchard Dentistry in West Bloomfield we offer crowns as stand-alone dental restorations or as part of a dental bridge.
Problems Porcelain Crowns Can Fix
Porcelain crowns are tooth-colored caps that not only protect the tooth they’re covering, but help prevent neighboring teeth from developing their own complications. Porcelain crowns can fix:
- Broken teeth: If a tooth chips, cracks, or breaks in some way, it needs to be repaired as soon as possible to prevent bacteria and food particles from getting into the tooth and causing infection. A crown rebuilds the tooth and protects it from being further compromised.
- Misshapen teeth: When you have one misshapen tooth it can interrupt your entire smile. A crown can be customized to conceal whatever is wrong with the appearance of your tooth, whether it’s too small, oddly positioned, or just doesn’t blend in with the rest of your teeth.
- Damaged teeth: A damaged tooth is a problem tooth. If you have suffered trauma to the mouth and your tooth has been injured, it may require in-depth repair to prevent additional problems from developing. When those repairs are complete and the tooth is saved, it will need to be covered with a crown to make sure it is strong, functional, and looks natural.
- Unsightly teeth: If you have an unsightly tooth that is marred by discoloration or staining, or that is simply not attractive and stands out because of it, a crown can be carefully customized in size, shape, and color so it blends in with the rest of your smile and makes your unsightly tooth simply fade away.
- Decayed teeth: Some teeth develop such levels of decay that a tooth-colored filling is not going to get the job done when it comes to repairs. Large cavities need to be addressed by bigger dental restorations, like root canals, and a crown is typically the go-to option when a filling is not viable. A crown not only corrects the decayed tooth, it prevents further decay from developing.
- Weak teeth: A weak tooth is a problem. When teeth are weak they are more susceptible to breaking, developing worn enamel, decay, and other oral health complications. A crown protects and strengthens the weak tooth.
Crowns are also used in conjunction with:
- Root canal therapy: If you have infected root canals, you have pain, but this problem doesn’t automatically mean you’re a candidate for a tooth extraction. Root canal therapy addresses the infected areas under the gum line, and the enamel that is drilled away to perform the procedure is then built back up to a robust tooth with the help of a crown. The crown also conceals and protects the previously infected area.
- Dental bridges: A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth and crowns act as anchors in this restoration. Crowns are placed on either side of the bridge to hold the clasps of the bridge in place and solidify the repair.
Do You Need a Porcelain Crowns?
Crowns are designed to restore a tooth’s strength and appearance. Made of super-strong porcelain, they are a long-lasting repair and save teeth from severe damage and extraction. Crowns also have the power to restore your self-confidence when a problem tooth has impacted your appearance. Knowing that your smile is now complete and looks natural is empowering.