Most people who are not in the dental field are relatively uninformed about the details of dentistry. At Matthew Nawrocki DMD, MS, we realize this and as a result continue to publish our educational blog detailing the ins and outs of dental treatments. We hope you enjoy and learn something and if you live in the Orange Park area, we welcome you to the office any time!
What is a Dental Crown?
A crown is a common treatment in dentistry. Many patients arrive for treatment with teeth that are misaligned, cracked, chipped, discolored, decayed, or worn down. These are all situations where a crown can be of benefit. If a chip, a crack, or decay is small enough, your dentist can place a direct restoration. The process for this is simple. The dentist will remove the decayed or unwanted tooth structure and replace it with a silver or tooth colored filling material. Often; however, these problems are a bit larger and the simple restoration cannot be placed.
In many of these situations a crown is used to restore the form, function, and beauty of the problem tooth.
What is the Benefit of Crowns?
The crown can be created from gold, porcelain, zirconia, or a mix of any of these. Each of these materials has it’s own benefit. These materials can provide strength to the tooth where it has been broken down. This can significantly extend the life of a tooth. In addition, for the patients with chipped, cracked, misaligned, and discolored teeth, porcelain and zirconia can provide extremely esthetic results.
Crowns vs. Veneers
A veneer can be a beautiful restoration for a tooth. It is a thin porcelain shell placed over a tooth. Veneers can be used for many of the same problems as what crowns can. There are a few benefits in certain situations that crowns can provide. Potentially the largest benefit of a crown is the strength that it offers a tooth. If the center of the tooth is suspect to fracture, the crown will accept much of the harmful forces. The crown circumferentially covers the tooth and eliminates the possibility of the tooth breaking outward.
For more information regarding dental crowns, visit the American Dental Association’s website on crowns.
Feel free to contact Matthew Nawrocki DMD, MS at any time with questions or to schedule an appointment.