A dental crown restores a damaged tooth's size, structure, and strength. It fully covers the visible portion of an existing tooth or replaces a missing tooth as part of a dental implant.
At North Alabama Smiles, we offer this type of durable tooth restoration to patients with decayed, fractured, or otherwise damaged teeth that need to be restored to their initial shape and stability.
When Is a Dental Crown Needed?
The main purpose of a dental crown is to re-establish the functionality, shape, strength, and size of a damaged tooth and to improve its aesthetics.
A crown may be needed in the following situations:
- To protect a tooth from further wear and damage
- To reinforce a tooth that has become weakened due to decay or has incurred cracks
- To replace an old, broken, or failing dental filling
- To shield a tooth that has already broken
- To restore worn-down teeth
- To support a tooth that has a large filling if there isn't much natural tooth structure left
- To make cosmetic alterations
- To hold dental bridges in place
- To complete a dental implant
- To restore the strength of a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment
Types of Dental Crowns
At North Alabama Smiles, we will recommend the best type of crown for your dental restoration needs based on the location and structure of the tooth or implant that requires protection.
There are three specific types of crowns, each with its unique qualities:
A porcelain crown is strong, aesthetically pleasing, stable, and highly resistant to wear. It offers a superior level of biocompatibility as it does not contain metal. A porcelain crown perfectly matches your natural tooth color and is an excellent choice for front teeth.
Metal offers strength and endurance. This option may be recommended for back teeth to ensure optimal chewing and biting force. A metal crown rarely breaks or chips and requires minimal tooth structure removal. It is the most affordable treatment option. However, it may cause gum line discoloration or allergic reactions.
This type of crown combines the benefits of the porcelain’s natural color that resembles your existing teeth and the strength of an underlying metal structure. The disadvantage of this crown is that it requires the removal of more of the tooth structure.
For the best dental care in Arab, Alabama, and more information on dental crowns, contact North Alabama Smiles at 55 Golfview Dr NE #5467, Arab, AL 35016, or (256) 586-8100.