The quality and overall health of your smile is an important aspect of your health in general, especially when it comes to conditions which cause tooth loss, such as dental caries and gum disease. However, broken, damaged, or decayed teeth often go untreated or even unnoticed. A dental crown can help preserve a tooth with these issues, preventing extraction, and keeping your tooth in your mouth where it belongs. Find out more about dental crowns with Dr. Ricky Rubin, Dr. Brett Dunnill, and Dr. Omar Hasham at Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, VA.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap made from porcelain which fits over the tooth to protect it. Though it is most often used after a procedure, which leaves behind a large filling — such as a root canal — crowns can also serve other important purposes:
- Stabilizing a damaged tooth
- Renewing a broken tooth
- Improving the appearance of a tooth
- Holding a dental bridge in place
- Used as part of a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
What is a crown made of?
In the past, dental crowns have been created from many different materials: stainless steel, metal composite, or even resin. However, most dental crowns are now made of porcelain, a tooth-colored, durable material that can easily withstand everyday use for upwards of 15 years before requiring replacement.
Do I need a crown?
If you have a broken or damaged tooth, your Williamsburg, VA, dentist may recommend a dental crown. Additionally, your dentist may suggest a crown to stabilize a tooth with a large filling or to hold another dental restoration in place. If your dentist recommends a dental crown, they will first treat the tooth for any decay or gum disease present. Then, they prepare the tooth by removing enamel from its sides and top to make room for the crown. After this process, your dentist places the crown — which a dental laboratory customizes especially for your smile — permanently onto your prepared tooth.
Porcelain Dental Crowns in Williamsburg, VA
Dental crowns make sure that your damaged or decayed tooth remains ought to — right alongside the rest of your smile. To learn more or schedule a consultation, please contact Dr. Rubin, Dr. Dunnill, and Dr. Hasham at Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, VA. Call (757) 345-5500 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!