Dental Crowns

A tooth that has been weakened or damaged is vulnerable. Placing a dental crown on such a tooth is a general dentistry treatment which may save it. Large fillings, root canal therapy, cracks or breakage are some of the more common instances where it is advisable to crown a tooth. Occasionally, people will request a crown for cosmetic reasons. For example, if a tooth is misshapen or badly discolored, a crown can give the tooth a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Dental crowns are made from a variety of substances. Some, used mostly on the primary teeth of children, are made from stainless steel. Adult crowns are usually created from metal alloys, or porcelain fused to gold or another alloy. They are also manufactured from ceramic or acrylic resins.

Restore Cracked or Damaged Teeth

When a tooth has been damaged in some way, the chances of it sustaining further injury are increased. Placing a crown on the tooth provides it with strength and stability. In the case of teeth that are visible when you smile, the crown also restores the natural appearance of the tooth. Your smile does not need to be compromised by an injured tooth.

Dental Inlays and Onlays

When a tooth has a large filling, it may be advisable to use an inlay or onlay to restore the tooth. These are made from the same materials as dental crowns. Inlays and onlays are most often used to fill extensive holes in molars. The inlay is used to cover an area within the cusps, or the bumps on the chewing surface of a tooth. When there is more surface to be covered, an onlay may be suggested. Sometimes onlays are called partial crowns because they cover large amounts of tooth structure. Where large amalgam fillings may weaken the tooth structure, inlays and onlays do not. In fact, they strengthen the tooth.

Contact Southern Dental Group today to schedule your appointment and find out if dental crowns are right for you.

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