What Are Ceramic Crowns Used For?

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All-ceramic crowns (also known as porcelain crowns) are used for many purposes. These aesthetically pleasing dental caps have been improving smiles and saving broken teeth for decades. Crowns come in many forms, but none appear more natural nor have as many benefits as ceramic crowns.

Other types, such as metal crowns or even porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns do not look as natural as porcelain crowns. Although metal crowns are known to be the most durable and least likely to be damaged, they stand out in direct contrast to other teeth and distract from the smile.

When are ceramic crowns used?

Dental crowns can be used anytime a tooth needs to be restored in shape, size, strength or appearance. Many patients choose ceramic crowns to restore their teeth because of their ability to provide better natural color match than any other crown type. Ceramic crowns may be more suitable for people with metal allergies. These crowns can be used for both front and back teeth.

Protect a weak tooth

Over time, teeth can become weakened. Naturally, the enamel (the outer, hard layer of teeth) begins to thin as we advance in age. This puts our teeth at risk for fracturing and wearing down. Teeth that have received root canal can also be weakened. Before the tooth has a chance to sustain damage, many patients choose to protect it by placing a ceramic crown.

In any ceramic crown placement procedure, the tooth is first prepared by removing some of the tooth structure to make room for the restoration. The tooth is shaped into a peg, and the crown is bonded to the tooth permanently.

Restore a broken tooth

Broken teeth need to be fixed as soon as possible to maintain good oral health. Broken teeth are susceptible to tooth decay and further damage. A broken tooth, when left alone can lead to a lost tooth. Before you need to have a broken tooth extracted, it can be saved by a ceramic crown.

Hold a dental bridge in place

When patients lose teeth, one of the devices used to fill the space is known as a dental bridge. This appliance consists of two or three restorations connected together. The floating crown is supported by an adjacent tooth that is converted into a crown.

Restore a tooth with a large filling

Teeth with large fillings in them can become damaged, and tooth decay can sometimes get below the material. To improve the appearance of a tooth with a large filling, a crown can be used.

As the restoration of a dental implant

Dental bridges are not the only teeth replacement method that utilizes ceramic crowns. Dental implants are a widely popular procedure for replacing teeth. The implant consists of three parts: the post that is inserted into the jawbone and acts as the tooth roots, the abutment (connector peg) and the restoration. The restoration is almost always a single crown, with the exception of when multiple teeth are missing in succession.

Ceramic crowns can enhance your smile

Most mild to severe teeth issues can benefit from ceramic crowns. To find out if you are a good candidate for a ceramic dental crown, make an appointment with our office. We can help you with a treatment that works best for your lifestyle and budget.

Request an appointment here: https://www.northtampadentistry.com or call North Tampa Dentistry at (813) 430-0933 for an appointment in our Tampa office.

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