Crowns are a common treatment for various dental conditions. They are used less often now than they were in the past, due to the growing popularity of dental veneers, but are still a common treatment for restorative and cosmetic purposes. Your dentist can help you decide if you need a crown based on your individual circumstances.
Common Uses for Crowns
Crowns are most commonly used when a tooth has been damaged or has undergone root canal treatment. They are sometimes used for cosmetic treatments when teeth are misshapen, asymmetrical, or severely discolored, though veneers are a more common treatment in these cases.
If your tooth has been severely damaged, but the root is still intact, a crown can help you keep the tooth. By placing the crown over what remains of your damaged tooth, you keep a functioning tooth instead of having to have it removed and replaced with a bridge or implant. Severely cracked teeth are often treated with crowns, because the crown helps hold the broken pieces in place.
After a root canal, a crown is placed over the treated tooth to protect it. The dentist will perform the root canal and reshape the tooth to make room for the crown. After the crown is placed, you can continue to talk, bite, and chew as normal without worrying about causing additional damage to your tooth.
Types of Crowns
There are different types of crowns, and you and your dentist can decide which type is best for you. The basic types are:
• Metal crowns
• Porcelain crowns
• Metal-bonded porcelain crowns
Metal and metal-bonded porcelain are best for back teeth, because the metal content allows them to stand up to the intense pressures of chewing. For front teeth, a porcelain crown can provide a natural-looking alternative to metal crowns that would detract from your smile.
If you would like more information about crowns, how they are placed, and when they are used, call the office of Dr. Nicholas Kemp, serving Yorkville and neighboring areas, today at 416-922-1012 to schedule a consultation.