When the outer part of your tooth has been significantly damaged or lost due to chipping or decay, you may be a good candidate for a general dentistry treatment….a dental crown. Large fillings, root canal work and serious damage weaken a tooth making it susceptible to more injury or possible breakage. A dental crown provides strength and protection to a tooth that otherwise may sustain further damage. The crown covers the entire tooth above the gum line.
Dental crowns are manufactured using a variety of different materials. If you are in need of getting a tooth or teeth crowned, Dr. Singla will consult with you on the best type of crown for your particular situation. Various factors are considered when making the decision as to the most reasonable crown to use. Cost is a factor for many patients. Which tooth needs crowning and even age can also play a role in determining the best choice. The most inexpensive crowns are made out of stainless steel. Some people prefer gold crowns while others would rather have porcelain fused to metal or ceramic crowns for their aesthetic appeal.
In most cases where appearance is a big factor, porcelain crowns are often the prime choice. A metal base is covered over with a porcelain fusion. These teeth look and feel as natural as original teeth. They also provide the protection and strength needed for the damaged tooth.
Porcelain crowns are often used in bridge work also. The teeth on either side of a missing tooth provide the stability for the bridge. The abutment teeth as they are called are prepared to accept crowns. A bridge consisting of crowns for the abutment teeth and what is called a pontic or fake tooth to replace the missing tooth in between is seated on the two end teeth. Bridgework restores your smile and chewing surface so open spaces between teeth are eliminated.
Protect your weakened or damaged tooth with a crown. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Singla to find out what type of crown would best suit your circumstances.