When Dental Crowns Are Used
Dental crowns are used in reconstructive, neuromuscular, or cosmetic dentistry situations where significant amounts of tooth material have been lost or will have to be removed. Some of the common uses of dental crowns include:
- Cracked tooth
- Extensively decayed tooth
- Large filling failure
- Protect a tooth after a root canal
- Supporting a dental bridge
- Topping a dental implants
- As part of an instant orthodontic procedure with porcelain veneers
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Build up teeth to support a healthy bite
Because of their practical and cosmetic benefits, dental crowns are the most commonly requested dental restoration.
Reconstructive Uses of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are used in reconstructive dentistry when a tooth or teeth have been severely damaged, even lost. A minor chip on a tooth can be repaired with dental bonding or a dental onlay, but if the damage goes deep into the tooth, compromising its structural integrity, a dental crown is necessary.
The same is true when decay reaches deep into the tooth, often around a large filling that was previously used to restore the tooth.
And if the damage reaches into the living part of the tooth, called the pulp, a root canal is necessary to prevent or eliminate infection, and a dental crown is placed to protect the restored tooth.
Cosmetic Uses of Dental Crowns
In the past, metal crowns, even those made of gold, were generally considered unattractive, and were not used for cosmetic purposes. But with the invention of all ceramic dental crowns, we developed a dental restoration that looks as good as natural tooth material, making it a good way to improve the appearance of your smile. They can conceal teeth that are discolored in a way that doesn’t respond to teeth whitening or build up small or unattractively shaped teeth.
In an instant orthodontic procedure, your teeth aren’t moved, they’re reshaped to make them straight. Most of the time, porcelain veneers are used for this, but if the tooth needs too much reshaping, a veneer can’t provide the necessary support.
Neuromuscular Uses of Dental Crowns
Dental crown are so strong that they can be used as part of a neuromuscular dentistry procedure to restore the bite. Once we have established the optimal bite position using a bite splint, you might want permanent results without a splint. Dental crowns can be used to build your smile up to its optimal position, protecting your bite.
It’s also worth noting that a poorly placed dental crown can actually contribute to TMJ. That’s why it’s important to consider skills like neuromuscular dentistry when choosing your dentist.
If you are looking for a general & cosmetic dentist who understands and utilizes the principles of neuromuscular dentistry, please call (201) 343-4044 or email River Edge Dental, New Jersey’s center for general & cosmetic dentistry.