Crowns, also known as dental caps, are designed to completely encase damaged or imperfect teeth. Once in place, a crown can restore a tooth’s shape, size, function, and color. Crowns are used to protect weak, broken, fractured, or root canal-treated teeth as well as to enhance the beauty of your smile. Crowns can also be used to complete dental implants.
When missing one or several teeth in a row, a dental bridge may be recommended. A bridge is one or more artificial teeth attached to two crowns placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap. Bridges and crowns are often made of porcelain for the most natural-looking results possible. We invite you to call Redmond Family Smiles today if you are unhappy with your smile to learn more about the benefits of crowns, bridges, and cosmetic dentistry.
What are the Capabilities of Crowns?
Crown and bridges are a very reliable solution for major dental problems caused through accidents, diseases or wear and tear. Major problems can usually be corrected using these techniques. Material used in these repairs is either high-grade porcelain, or porcelain bonded to gold. A higher strength of the porcelain and gold materials is recommended to treat the most serious of dental problems. Where accidental damage has occurred, resulting in lost teeth, or where teeth have broken away through excessive wear, or as the result of old fillings breaking, crowns and/or bridges can be used as a long-term solution.
Many people have unexplained pain from filled back teeth, which is usually due to hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth. Placing crowns on these teeth relieves the pain and allows a return of full dental function for these teeth. In front teeth, older fillings can both weaken the teeth and cause “appearance” problems due to staining or chipping. Porcelain crowns and bridges are suitable in cases where porcelain veneers are not. In teeth with root canal fillings, crowns can prevent breakage.