Dental crowns have been used in dentistry since ancient times, when the ancient Etruscans used gold crowns as both a dental prosthetic and as a flashy way to show off their wealth. While gold crowns reigned supreme for hundreds of years, the last 100 years or so have introduced porcelain, zirconia, and porcelain-metal hybrid crowns that are designed to blend in subtly with the surrounding teeth. Dentists love crowns since they’re a simple dental prosthetic with a number of different applications in both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Today, we’re exploring three ways dental crowns can improve your smile.
1. They Hide Unattractive Teeth
In most cases, a person with smaller cosmetic smile flaws, like mild-to-moderate staining or a chipped tooth, can rely on smaller cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening or bonding. However, serious or severe cosmetic problems, like broken teeth or intrinsic stains that cannot be removed via teeth whitening, might be best addressed by capping those unattractive teeth with dental crowns.
2. Protect Damaged Teeth
That broken tooth we mentioned earlier isn’t just a cosmetic flaw. Broken teeth can cause further damage to the tongue, inner cheeks, and neighboring teeth. Protecting compromised teeth that are broken or that have had extensive restorative work performed on them, such as root canal therapy, will stay sturdy, safe, functional, and protected when covered by a sturdy dental crown.
3. Replace Missing Teeth (with Dental Implants)
Crowns are great for protecting damaged teeth, because the root of the tooth is still in place and can anchor the crown. However, in an entire tooth is missing, there’s no root to hold the crown in place. That’s where dental implants come in. These innovative tooth replacements resemble a screw and are inserted into the jaw beneath the missing tooth. Once the implant post heals, a dentist can top it with a dental crown. Dental crown-topped implants are stable, indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth, and are designed to last a lifetime.
ABOUT YOUR FT. WORTH, TX DENTIST:
Dr. Bob Jing has served patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth for many years. Together with his caring, compassionate, and highly skilled team at 7 Day Dental, Dr. Jing is dedicated to making good dental health available to as many people as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.