Dental crowns, otherwise known as dental “caps,” are permanent, prosthetic devices that are cemented to fit over a damaged tooth or dental implant. Unlike other dental prosthetics, dental crowns are permanent and cannot be removed once implanted, unless by a dental professional. Dental crowns are usually made from porcelain, or some combination of porcelain and metal. Dental crowns are mainly used for restoring the appearance and function of damaged teeth and holding dental bridges in place. However, they serve to have multiple functions, and can be recommended by your dentist for numerous reasons:
- Strengthen an already damaged tooth – A dental crown can restore a damaged tooth back to its former functionally. In addition, a dental crown over a weakened tooth can actually protect it from any further damage or potential fractures.
- Improves functionality of affected tooth – The shape of a tooth can be greatly affected by the damage it has incurred. A dental crown restores the tooth to be at the proper shape to maintain its functionality and also improves tooth alignment as well as how you chew.
- Improve a tooth’s appearance – Dental crowns are made to match the color of your other teeth. If you have a tooth that is discolored or badly shaped, your dentist may suggest a dental crown.
- Replace fillings – Your dentist may recommend for you to have a dental crown as a substitute for a tooth filling. If you’re tooth is severely affected by a cavity to the point where you may not have enough tooth left to support or hold a filling, your dentist may suggest a dental crown instead.
- Support a dental bridge – A dental bridge is essentially a prosthetic tooth implant that replaces a missing one. Dental crowns are used on teeth on either side of the bridge to help set and attach the bridge in place.