We’re not sure if you know this, but to crown, someone is not always a good thing. If you don’t want to be king or queen, and you get crowned, that might make a bad day for you. You can also get crowned if you get hit on the head - which doesn’t sound like much fun at all. However, there are some types of crowns and crowning that are good for you. Crowns can even save a tooth. Keep reading, and let Spektor Dental tell you about crowns.
What Are Crowns?
Crowns are usually porcelain over a metal cap to make it very strong. We can use crowns to cover a multitude of issues with a tooth. Crowns have been used for centuries to make teeth decorative or to protect the tooth. Crowns used to be made of gold or silver, which some people still prefer. However, porcelain crowns are the norm these days. People like crowns to match their natural teeth.
What Are Crowns Used For?
Crowns are used mainly as a protection for a tooth that has been broken, cracked, or damaged. Perhaps you broke a tooth when you bit down hard on a chicken bone. A crown can cover that broken tooth. Crowns can also cover cracked teeth as well. As teeth get older, cracked teeth are common, especially when someone has a filling in that tooth. You may also have cracked or broken teeth because of you clench or grind your teeth at night.
One of the most common uses of crowns is to cap teeth that have become weak due to tooth decay. You may have had a root canal performed on the tooth. A root canal happens when your tooth gets infected because of a cavity. We have to get the infection out of your tooth, and then we have to put filling into the tooth because the tooth pulp had to come out. For that reason, we have to put a cap on your tooth to strengthen it.
There are other reasons you might need a crown. You may have a discolored tooth because of an accident or an injury. We can cap that tooth to strengthen it. You may also have a discolored tooth because of medication. We can crown the tooth to make it the same color as the rest of your teeth.
Getting a crown put on your tooth is relatively painless. We grind your tooth down a little bit, and then we cement your crown onto your natural tooth. Your crown is then a permanent part of your mouth. Although your crown is pretty tough, it is not as tough as your natural tooth, so be careful with it. If you have questions about getting a crown, give Spektor Dental a call at (425) 247-3629. We would be happy to talk to you about crowns and how crowns can make your teeth stronger. After all, we are all about healthy, strong teeth. Give us a call today, and let us get started on your healthier, happier mouth.