What is a dental crown?

May 27, 2021 0

Often when we don’t take proper care of our teeth, they can wear away and lose their strength and shape. Tooth decay can cause the tooth to deteriorate. There are a number of things that can contribute to decay including skipping regular dental visits, eating hard candy and not brushing one’s teeth. To give the tooth support, a cap is placed over the damaged tooth.

When our teeth wear away, chip, or deteriorate due to cavities, we can place a crown to cover, protect and restore the decayed or broken teeth. They are essentially caps that are placed over your teeth that has too much damage for a normal filling to fix. Dental crowns can even be used cosmetically to cover up discolored teeth.

The material that your crown is made of is dependent on many factors, such as severity of tooth decay or location of the tooth in your mouth, but generally, crowns are made up of the following:

  • Porcelain
  • A durable plastic
  • Metal: gold, nickel or chromium

Dental crowns can last for years without being replaced. Cosmetic dentists can offer you porcelain or acrylic crowns. These crowns are aesthetically appealing as they are inconspicuous among the rest of your teeth and give off a much more natural look.

If you are interested in replacing your old crowns or are in need of crowns for the first time, speak with us to find out if all-porcelain crowns can be a good fit. Call our Las Vegas dental office at (702) 763-3649 to see if your mouth deserves a crown.

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