Creating A More Beautiful Smile

The Basics Of Dental Crowns

The bad news about dental crowns is that they won't turn you into royalty, but the good news is that they can help to save your smile. If your dentist mentions that you need to have a dental crown placed, you may not know the first thing about them. From what they are to how they can be used, this article will take a closer look. Read on to learn some more about dental crowns.

What Is a Dental Crown? 

First things first, you may be wondering what on earth these even are. In basic terms, a dental crown is basically a thin, porcelain cap that you put on top of your tooth. This cap can help protect your teeth from a variety of concerns including cracks and chips. But they can also be used for cosmetic purposes too. 

What Are They Used For? 

Cracks and Chips: When you have a crack or a chip inside of your tooth, bacteria and food can get inside of it. The problem with that is if you get bacteria inside of your tooth, it can lead to an oral infection. So, when your dentist places a crown over the top, it seals your mouth off from bacteria. 

Dental Implants: If you have to have a tooth pulled, you will need something to replace it. Sometimes, your dentist may recommend a dental implant. A dental implant is a combination of a metal rod and a dental crown. The dental crown is what will be placed over the rod and it will look like your tooth. 

Discolored Tooth: If you have one tooth that is a lot more yellow than the rest, then your dentist can place a dental crown over the top to match your surrounding teeth. 

Dental Bridges: Another thing you dentist may use a crown for is a dental bridge. Your dental bridge is usually made up of a combination of dental crowns, dental implants, or other artificial teeth to help bridge the gap between several missing teeth. 

As you can see, dental crowns can be used for a variety of different things. The great thing about dental crowns is that as long as they are matched to your other teeth, nobody will ever even know that you have one. If you are ready to take the next steps and get a dental crown placed, then reach out to your dentist today and schedule a consultation appointment with them.