When you hear a person is getting a crown, you may imagine that they are royalty and envision a ceremony held in a castle. While that is one type of crown, there is another type that people can have, even if they are not a part of a royal family. Dental crowns are an option that people have to help with their oral health. It is something worth learning what they are and what they do.
What are They?
Dental crowns fill the gaps created by broken or missing teeth. The crown is not an actual tooth. It is a cover or a cap that fills the space where a tooth was or where there is a broken tooth. Crown can come in different materials and the type of material used depends on the needs of the individual.
Crowns can make a damaged tooth stronger when placed over it. If a crown is used with an implant, it can fill the space between the other teeth and can help strengthen the surrounding teeth. Crowns can also serve as a support for a bridge to replace other teeth. They can cover discolored or cracked teeth. A crown can help a person keep a smile they are proud of.
Why Is a Crown Needed?
When people think about crowns, they often wonder how much it costs. They worry that it is an expensive procedure that they may not really need. They do not realize how a crown affects oral health.
For people who have missing teeth, there are several dangers to their oral health. Other teeth can shift and become loses and eventually fall out. This leads to further complications for oral health. The places where teeth are broken or missing provide gaps where bacteria can grow.
Normal brushing and flossing may not get into these gaps and it can lead to gum disease and other oral health issues. The crowns can help prevent this from happening. Crowns are not an expense, they are an investment in your oral and overall health.
For more information about this or any other dental health issue, contact the dental professionals at our office today.