Dental Crown: A Tooth Restoration Option
The use of dental crowns has become increasingly common, in much the same way that fillings and braces are prescribed. A dental crown is used by more than 15 million Americans. A dental crown is a restoration used to protect a damaged or decayed tooth.
A tooth’s enamel protects it, making it one of the strongest substances in the body. Over time, the enamel of the tooth can become damaged depending on how it is maintained. This damage often occurs as a result of constant use, dental decay, and mouth and teeth injuries.
Dental crowns help restore tooth shape, strength levels, aesthetics, size, and proper alignment.
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns are also known and commonly referred to as “caps” that can be customized to match the shape of your teeth. Restorations protect what’s left of decayed and damaged teeth and give patients a more aesthetic and functional appearance.
The dental crown completely encases the visible tooth portion above the gum line. For this to be achieved, the decayed or damaged tooth must be shaped appropriately in order for the crown to be fitted expertly on top.
Why do I need a dental crown?
A crown protects damaged or decayed teeth from further damage. As a result, there will be no continual risk of damage or decay causing more dental problems later on. There are, however, other factors that determine whether a dental crown is needed:
When would I need a 3/4 crown or onlay?
Unlike traditional dental crowns, onlays and 3/4 crowns, also known as partial crowns or indirect filings, do not cover as much of your tooth. If you have a solid tooth structure, you may be able to get an onlay or 3/4 crown. This approach is considered more conservative than prepping and covering the area fully with a crown. This is because a procedure is required to essentially remove all of the problem and affected area to make sure a full dental crown will properly fit. With an onlay or ¾ crown, only the part of the tooth that was affected is removed and restored.
Essentially, this treatment option is for those whose teeth aren’t damaged enough for a full crown but are damaged too much for a simple filling.