Every young girl fantasizes about wearing a princess crown, and every young boy fantasizes about wrestling a dragon to save a princess wearing a crown. But as you get older, fantasies that involve crowns, turn into realities that involve dental crowns.
From strengthening a damaged tooth, to helping improve the appearance, shape, or alignment, of an existing tooth, dental crowns are a versatile dental option that your dentist may recommend.
What are dental crowns?
A dental crown is a cap that fits over an existing tooth, similar to how a royal crown fits over a queens head. Dental crowns are designed to cover up damaged or decayed teeth, cover a dental implant, hold a dental bridge in place, and to even help enhance your mouth cosmetically.
What do dental crowns look like?
It used to be that dental crowns came in gold and silver, and yes, you could even pawn them off for a quick dollar if needed. However, times have changed and the dental industry has classed it up by introducing both porcelain and ceramic crowns that can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Have teeth that are more brown than a shag rug? Your crown will match. Have pearly whites that practically glow in the dark? Your crown will match.
How Do I know If I need a Dental Crown?
When visiting your dental office for your bi-yearly check-up, or if you are experiencing a new level of pain or discomfort, your dentist will take an x-ray. Upon completion of the x-ray and determination of any cracked or decaying teeth, your dentist will likely conduct a root canal procedure. After the root canal, your dentist will then determine if you need a dental crown.
Although not as glamorous as a royal crown, dental crowns are a great way to save an existing tooth without having to undergo the process of removing the whole thing.
If you think you are in need of a dental crown or another oral procedure, schedule an appointment with us today!