Common Reasons for Dental Crowns: Restoring Teeth for Function and Aesthetics

As we grow older, our oral health becomes an increasingly important aspect of our overall well-being. One of the most common restorative procedures that can drastically improve our dental health is the use of dental crowns. Dental crowns, a form of dental restoration, offer a solution to many dental problems, thus restoring teeth for function and aesthetics.


The Function and Aesthetics of Restoring Teeth


Restoring teeth for function and aesthetics is a critical component of dental health and patient satisfaction. By function, we refer to the ability of the teeth to perform their primary roles, such as chewing food, speaking clearly, and maintaining the structural integrity of the oral cavity. Aesthetics, on the other hand, pertains to the visual appeal of the teeth, influencing our smiles and overall facial appearance.


A significant aspect of restoring teeth for function and aesthetics is the use of dental crowns. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped "caps" that are placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and improve its appearance. When crowns are cemented into place, they fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line, effectively restoring the tooth's function and aesthetics.


Dental crowns are also fabricated to match the color of your natural teeth, providing a seamless, natural-looking restoration. This not only improves your oral function but also boosts your confidence and self-esteem by enhancing your smile.


Understanding Dental Crowns


The process of getting a dental crown usually involves two visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the dentist prepares the tooth and takes an impression, which is then sent to a dental lab where the crown is made. The second visit involves cementing the custom-made crown onto the tooth.


There are several types of dental crowns, each with its own characteristics and benefits. The most common types include porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-porcelain, all-metal, and resin. The choice of the type of dental crown usually depends on the location of the tooth, the patient's preference, and the dentist's recommendation.


Common Reasons for Dental Crowns


Dental crowns are commonly used for a variety of reasons. One of the most common reasons for dental crowns is to protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth. They are also used to restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.


Additionally, dental crowns may be used to cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't much of the tooth left. They can also be used to hold a dental bridge in place or cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth. Finally, dental crowns are often used for cosmetic modifications and are placed on dental implants to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function.


Revitalizing Your Smile through Dental Crowns 


Dental crowns play a crucial role in restoring teeth for function and aesthetics. They offer a durable, long-term solution for various dental problems, improving oral health and enhancing the quality of life. Understanding what dental crowns are, their process, types, and common reasons for their use can help you make informed decisions about your oral health.


For more information on restoring teeth for function and aesthetics with dental crowns, visit Perio Atlanta in our Atlanta, Georgia office. Call (404) 352-3123 to schedule an appointment today. 

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