Crowns are a form of dental restoration designed and constructed with the aim of replacing a damaged tooth without the damaged tooth being extracted. Crowns are shaped to fit on top of a broken tooth and are cemented in place. In the following post we look at some of the reasons why you may need a crown, like a porcelain to metal variety offered by Estetica Dental Lab in London and when you should consider this solution an option.
The most common uses for crowns are for:
When Teeth Have Large Fractures
Bonding is normally used to restore small fractures. When the fractured area is a lot bigger though, a crown is the best way to replace the damaged section of your teeth. Although veneers can be used, they don’t actually replace the damaged sections of the teeth, they merely cover the surface, leaving the back of the teeth prone to decay.
When Teeth Need Large Fillings
When your teeth have a lot of decay on the inside, they require a lot of filling to fully restore them. The problem is, the larger the filling, the less secure your teeth will be structurally. Therefore, a better option is to fix the decayed teeth, if possible, using a crown which is more stable and durable.
After Root Canal Treatment
During root canal treatment, the occlusal surface or the top part of teeth are removed. Crowns are the best option when restoring these as they cover over the whole of the tooth section that was removed.
When Teeth Have Damaged or Broken Cusps
The cusps of teeth are the bumpy edges on their surfaces and when these are broken or damaged, the best way to solve this problem is with crowns. Crowns can be moulded into the same precise shape of the old teeth.
When Teeth Have Worn Enamel
When the enamel of your teeth is completely worn down, either from dental hygiene issues such as the consumption of too many acidic beverages and foods or GERD, crowns may be required to replaced the damaged teeth. These will help reduce and eliminate any sensitivity you may have with your worn out teeth.
When Your Teeth Are Misshapen
If you have any teeth that are oddly shaped and you can’t or don’t want to pay out for expensive veneers, crowns are a great alternative. Although more of your teeth have to be removed so that the they can be trimmed into an appropriately shaped abutment, it is a aesthetically pleasing and cost-effective solution.
When You Get Dental Implants
When you are having dental implants put in place to replace missing teeth, there are metal screws embedded into your gums and they bond with your alveolar bone. After these are in place, abutments are put on top for the crowns to be cemented in place.
What Are Some Reasons Why You Should Choose Crowns Instead of Alternatives?
Crowns have distinct advantages over alternatives such as fillings, dentures and veneers, including:
- Lower Cost
- Aesthetically Pleasing
Compared to veneers, crowns cost considerably lower and cover more of the teeth. While fillings generally cost less than crowns, they are less durable and don’t provide the same amount of coverage.
The appearance is one of the biggest advantages crowns have over other dental treatments. Porcelain fused to metal crowns can be made to match the colour and shape of your teeth, to make for a more pleasing and natural fit in your mouth.
Crowns do not cause any negative side effects to your mouth as they are made to specifically to match your anatomy.
Veneers are known to be less resistant and often break very easily, similarly to composite dental fillings. Crowns on the other hand though, can last as often as years, even decades.