What are Dental Crowns?

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
September 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Find out whether or not dental crowns could improve the function or look of your smile.

Dental crowns are a pretty popular and common restoration. After all, they offer a lot of wonderful benefits, particularly for teeth that are dental crownsdamaged or decaying. Our Milford, CT, family dentist, Dr. Bruce Schechter, is here to tell you a little bit more about dental crowns, the types of crowns available and why they could just be the best choice you make for your oral health.

What is a dental crown?

You probably know what a dental crown is already even if you’ve never gotten one before. Crowns have been around for a long time and offer a way to protect a weak or damaged tooth from further damage and deterioration. These tooth-shaped restorations are hollow on the inside that they can cover the entire tooth to provide a stronger and more stable outer surface.

What kinds of crowns are available?

There are many different materials that can be used to create a dental crown. Of course, our Milford dentist knows that you want a restoration that most closely resembles a natural tooth. After all, the only person who should know that you have a dental crown is you. This is why we offer all-porcelain dental crowns for teeth that are visible when you smile. Porcelain offers a translucency that is similar to natural tooth enamel and it can even be matched to the natural shade of your teeth so that the new restoration blends in perfectly with the rest of your smile.

As you may already know, back teeth take a lot more force and pressure from jaws when speaking, chewing or biting down. The jaws are extremely powerful and the average person exerts about 171 pounds on back teeth when chewing or biting down. That’s a lot of weight and pressure on your teeth day in and day out; therefore, you need a restoration that will live up to the challenge.

We don’t believe in giving you restorations that you’ll need to have replaced or repaired in just a few short years. We want the dental work that we place to last as long as possible. This is why you need a porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crown to protect back teeth.

The metal provides a strong foundation that all-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns won’t be able to provide for back teeth. Having reliable, strong metal under the tooth-colored porcelain provides the reinforcement you need to maintain your new restoration for many years to come while also providing a tooth-colored restoration that looks natural.

Do you have questions about getting dental crowns in Milford, CT? If so, then it’s time you called our dental office and scheduled a visit with Dr. Schechter. Your smile will thank you!