Common Uses of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns were once commonly used for cosmetic purposes. They provided a way to make teeth symmetrical, pleasantly colored, and nicely shaped. In modern dentistry, the less invasive cosmetic veneer is used more often for this purpose. However, crowns still remain an important tool to repair teeth and to maintain the look of your smile.
Dental crowns are commonly used for:
- Teeth that are proportionally small or that have been broken off
- Teeth with extensive decay that will not hold up to a filling
- Teeth with new decay that have already been treated with fillings
- Teeth that have undergone root canal therapy
Crowns are also sometimes used in cases where teeth are abnormally soft due to genetic problems and cannot be treated with a cosmetic veneer. In these cases, the crown provides both an aesthetic and restorative role in treating the tooth.
Choosing a Dental Crown
If you require a dental crown, several options are available to meet your specific needs. You choice can be based on the position of the tooth being treated, your personal preferences, and the preferences of your dentist. Types of crowns include:
- Metal crowns
- Crowns made of porcelain or tooth-colored resin
- Crowns made of metal bonded with porcelain
Molars are often treated with metal crowns, usually gold, or with porcelain-bonded crowns. This is because porcelain crowns, while durable, do not stand up as well to intense chewing pressures. For front teeth, porcelain or tooth-colored crowns are more common as they are visible and are not subjected to the same kinds of force as molars. If you do require a crown, be sure to ask our dentist about the available options and about which type of crown is best for your individual situation.