Custom-made to mimic natural teeth, dental crowns are dental restorations made of materials such as porcelain, ceramic-bonded, glass, zirconium or precious metal, for strengthening teeth structure and enhancing smiles.
When teeth are damaged due to tooth decay or oral trauma, dental crowns may be used to restore them in size and shape so that they look just like normal teeth. Instead of leaving damaged teeth to further degenerate and impact surrounding teeth and gum tissue, see a dentist about dental crown options.
Leaving damaged teeth untreated places pressure on existing teeth, forcing them to move out of position. Gum tissue may become damaged causing gingivitis, the start of gum disease. Unhealthy teeth attract plaque and bacteria build-up that may cause tooth decay and infection in the mouth. Restoring teeth with dental fillings and crowns keeps the mouth clean and free of trauma and disease.
Although dental crowns primarily restore teeth, they may also be used to enhance dental aesthetics. Crowns may be used to fit over a damaged tooth cusp as a cap or may be used to reshape and resurface a tooth. Where missing teeth gaps exist, crowns may be used to anchor dental bridges or may be fitted to dental implants to serve and replacement missing teeth.
Porcelain crowns are sculpted to enhance dental aesthetics and are particularly beneficial for use in front teeth of the dental arch or for teeth in the smile zone. Fused metal crowns or gold ones may be used for teeth at the back of the mouth to support durable chewing function.
Depending on technologies used, some crowns may be fitted within a day and others may take between a week or two to be custom-made. Dentists advise on good oral hygiene practice and how to care for crowns and ensure lasting results. For more information on crowns contact the Devonshire Square Dental Studio in the heart of London.