A dental crown is a prosthetic for your tooth. Unlike a denture, teeth caps are cemented onto your teeth, so they’re permanent. Crowns, or dental caps, cover damaged teeth completely, from the gum line up to the tip. Dental caps can be made to look just like your original teeth, matching the color and shape.
You may need a dental crown to:
The aim of dentistry in Yonkers has always been to preserve your natural teeth, maintaining their strength and structure and helping them to last for as long as possible, hopefully for life. Nowadays, with the help of modern preventative dental techniques, people can retain their natural teeth for longer, and if a tooth is damaged, the general expectation is that it will be restored, not removed. But, when teeth are removed, it’s essential they are replaced.
When teeth are missing, it can affect your bite and overall oral health. Nowadays more people are opting to have dental implants, and this treatment is fast becoming the gold standard. As a result, fewer people are choosing to have dental bridges which used to be the treatment of choice over removable dentures. However, sometimes conventional crowns and bridges are still the best choice in specific situations.
When a tooth needs restoring it is almost certainly damaged by tooth decay or trauma, both of which can result in a loss of tooth structure. The more tooth structure that is missing, the weaker the tooth.
A dental filling can restore a relatively small amount of missing structure and will ensure the tooth is still functional, but when too much structure is lost, then the tooth would be too weak for a filling. In this case, the best treatment is usually a crown.
Sometimes called a cap, a crown covers the entire tooth so that none of the original tooth is visible in the mouth. The crown is custom-made to replicate the original tooth before it was damaged. Most caps are made from tooth-colored ceramics and once in the mouth will function just like an ordinary and healthy tooth.
When deciding whether a crown is appropriate for a tooth, our best rated dental expert will assess the extent of the damage to the tooth. Also, we will look at the type of wear and tear on the tooth as some teeth are substantially damaged by habits such as clenching and grinding. Sometimes a tooth is heavily stained, and this can influence the type of materials chosen to cover it.