Teeth are built to last for a lifetime, but they don’t always stay healthy or intact. There are a variety of situations and scenarios that can cause teeth to become damaged or diseased, and when that happens, crowns are effective ways to restore a person’s smile.

Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are permanently placed over teeth that are chipped, broken, or discolored. Once permanently bonded to an existing tooth, a crown is almost indistinguishable from a real tooth, and it seamlessly aids in eating and talking while greatly enhancing the patient’s appearance.

There are a handful of reasons why people get crowns, including:

To protect weakened teeth – Pulling teeth is usually a last resort when patients have dental problems, but when teeth become weakened, it can be difficult to keep them healthy. Crowns protect weakened or damaged teeth and prevent them from sustaining further damage.

To restore broken or severely worn teeth – Teeth that have already been heavily damaged may not be able to withstand any additional damage or wear. When crowns are placed over them, they’re protected from additional wear and tear.

To cover misshapen or discolored teeth – Sometimes people’s teeth are unsightly due to being misshapen or discolored. Those conditions can occur for a variety of reasons, including genetics, medications, accidents, diseases, and lifestyle choices. Crowns are a fast and permanent way of restoring the appearance of teeth.

To assist with dental implants and procedures – Crowns are often installed in tandem with other dental procedures and devices. For example, they may be used to help hold dental bridges in place. They also may be installed to cover dental implants. Crowns are highly versatile due to their natural-looking appearance, sturdiness, permanent nature, and ease of installation.

What Types of Crowns Are Available?

There are a few different types of crowns that patients may have installed over their teeth, including:

Stainless steel crowns – These crowns are often temporary and are used for both children’s and adult’s teeth. With adults, they’re used to protect teeth and fillings while permanent crowns are made using other materials.

Metal crowns – Metal crowns are among the most durable, but the least natural looking. They’re typically reserved for use on teeth that aren’t visible in a patient’s smile.

Ceramic and porcelain crowns – These crowns look and feel extremely similar to real teeth and are suitable for visible teeth and for people who have allergies to common metals.

Other types of crowns include porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, all-resin crowns, and acrylic-based temporary crowns.

Willow Chase Dentistry is Sango’s Choice for Dental Crowns

Crowns are ideal for improving the strength of teeth and the appearance of a smile, but it’s important that they’re installed by an experienced dental team.

At Willow Chase Dentistry, we’ve improved the smiles and oral health of many patients with the use of all types of crowns. Call us today at (931) 919-2720 or book an appointment online to find out how we can help you.