Unless you have had a damaged or severely decayed tooth, you have probably never needed a dental crown. They are one of the most common dental restorations that we provide in our Sarasota dental office and can prolong the life of your tooth. A dental crown, unlike a filling that just patches your tooth, actually covers your entire tooth structure, providing additional support in instances where the structure of your tooth became compromised.
Because dental crowns are durable and cover your tooth structure, they provide more support when it comes to chewing. This can help you avoid painful and tooth-threatening conditions like a serious fracture or split in your tooth.
Dental crowns also provide protection when restoring a root canal tooth. Root canal therapy removes the nerve and blood supply that feeds your tooth, making it brittle. This brittle nature can lead to a fracture, requiring an extraction.'
Dental crowns come in a variety of materials:
- Noble metal (like gold)
- Porcelain fused to metal (metal on the inside, porcelain on the outside)
The type that will work best for you depends on your unique needs. Many of our patients prefer porcelain crowns because of their superior esthetics. Porcelain fused to metal still has a dark metal margin and may not look as attractive for front teeth.
For other patients, like those who have a strong bite or a clenching and grinding habit, full gold crowns can be a better option. Dr. Aygen can go over the benefits of each type of dental crown and help you make a decision that makes sense both for your long-term oral health and your appearance.
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If you have a damaged tooth, it is best to treat it quickly because it is vulnerable. We strive to save every tooth because your natural teeth are the best way to protect your oral health.
Contact our Sarasota dental office to schedule an appointment!