Dental crowns are a great option for strengthening and protecting damaged teeth. With advanced dental technology, our crowns look and fit better than ever. When you visit Access Health Dental, our dentists can talk to you about dental crowns that can repair broken teeth, provide protection for large cavity fillings, and finish rebuilding a tooth after a root canal.
What is a Crown?
The crown of your natural teeth is the part we can see when you smile. It’s the biting surface, so it does a lot of work in the mouth.
As the biting surface, it is covered in a layer of hardened material called enamel. Enamel is actually the hardest material created by the human body. Unfortunately, though, it cannot repair itself. If a cavity or injury causes damage to the enamel, it cannot be replaced or healed on its own.
That is where dental crowns come in. They are, in effect, a little cap that fits over the old tooth. In this way, it can protect teeth that have lost their enamel, replace missing teeth, or provide a new biting surface for a tooth that has had its own worn away.
When Do I Need a Dental Crown?
You’ll need a dental crown whenever the actual crown of your natural tooth is too damaged to continue doing its job.
Some common causes of this are:
- Cavities which have spread too far or caused to much decay can render the crown of the tooth irreparable. A replacement crown is necessary to protect the now-exposed inner parts of the tooth.
- Bruxism is grinding or intense clenching of the teeth. This can wear down biting surfaces, and even erode right through the enamel, if left unchecked.
- Severe Cracks or Breakage in the tooth, whether caused by injury or accident, can sometimes render the crown unfixable. A replacement crown seals those cracks and breaks, keeping the inside of the tooth safe.
- Missing Teeth are often replaced with dental implants. The root of the implant is a titanium rod, but the top of the synthetic tooth is a dental crown, just like those used to cap widespread cavities and breaks.
What are the Benefits of a Crown?
Benefit number one, of course, is the restoration of everything listed above. However, it doesn’t stop there.
- Crowns are durable. They do the hard-wearing, always-busy job of a natural crown with long-lasting results.
- Crowns are extremely accessible. The wait times and quality of work is better than ever.
- Crowns are unique to you. Using CAD software and 3D imaging, we can create a dental restoration for you that perfectly matches your own teeth, fits precisely into your mouth, and gives you a smile that looks like no one else’s.
Give Us a Call
For any of your dental needs, give Access Health Dental a call. We’ll have you looking and feeling as good as new in no time.