Facts about Dental Crown - Port Charlotte, FL

Three Important Facts You Should Know About Dental Crowns

When a tooth requires restoration of its size, shape, strength or appearance, a dental crown may be used. This is a cap that is shaped like a tooth that is placed over the affected tooth. The crown is cemented in place and completely covers the portion of the tooth that is visible above the gum line.

Why Dental Crowns?

There are several situations where a dental crown may be used:

  • Restore a broken tooth
  • Support and cover a tooth with large fillings
  • Cement dental bridges in place
  • Cover dental implants
  • Cosmetic changes
  • Protection of a weak tooth
  • Treatment for severely discolored or misshapen teeth

Different Types of Crowns

Crowns are made of several different types of material.

  • Stainless steel crowns are usually only used temporarily and are often used on permanent teeth to hold the spot while a permanent crown is being made.
  • Some crowns are made of different metals including nickel, chromium and palladium to minimize wear on the surrounding teeth.
  • Porcelain can be fused to metal to create a crown that matches the color of the rest of your natural teeth.
  • All-resin dental crowns may wear over time, although they are the less expensive option.
  • All-porcelain or ceramic crowns allow for a better match to be made to your other teeth and are preferable for those with metal allergies.

What type of crown is best for you can be discussed with your dental professional at Waterside Dental in Port Charlotte at the Promenades when you come in to set up a treatment plan.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Crowns?

If you have a tooth that has major decay, large fillings or is discolored and misshapen, you may be a good candidate for a dental crown to repair your teeth. Crowns are used for both functional and cosmetic purposes. Call us today to schedule an appointment with a professional that can help you determine which type of crown is best for you.