Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. Even your bones are not as hard as your tooth enamel. This is why your teeth can withstand tons of pressure on a regular basis. However, there are situations in which the enamel becomes weak, or a great deal of the tooth has been lost. These situations put the tooth at risk for decay and more damage. You can protect a vulnerable tooth with a dental crown.
Dental crowns are a general dental treatment that are made from a variety of materials. When a primary tooth needs to be crowned until the permanent tooth erupts, a stainless steel crown may be used. These are primarily used for children. Adult crowns are usually a type of metal alloy, often with fused porcelain to give the crown a realistic, natural appearance. Other materials include ceramic and resin crowns which look and feel like genuine teeth.
When a tooth has been cracked or damaged in some way, a crown is often used as part of the repair process. The crown provides protection and stability to the compromised tooth. The crown, or cap as it is sometimes called, fits over the part of the tooth exposed above the gum line. Your dentist will make a determination regarding the best type of crown for your damaged tooth.
When a tooth does not require a full crown but has enough damage to warrant more than a regular filling, a dental inlay or onlay may be used. These types of restorations provide protection for the damaged part of the tooth. An inlay is used for a large space on the top surface of the tooth between the cusps or points on the tooth. An onlay is used for larger holes that involve at least one of the cusps as well as the top of the tooth. Both devices are available in the same materials as a full crown. Your dentist will make a determination regarding the most appropriate repair for your tooth.
Contact Rock Point Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation and find out if dental crowns are right for you.