Dental Caps and Crowns
Dental crowns, sometimes called dental or tooth caps, work to protect damaged teeth and provide a strong chewing surface while preventing the spread of decay. They are one of the most common dental restorations, and Fife Dental Care offers cosmetic crowns to protect your teeth without damaging your smile.
What is a Crown?
A dental crown covers (caps) the whole outer surface of a tooth. They are used in situations where fillings are not sufficient to protect a tooth from further damage and decay. For example, a crown may be used when the underlying tooth is broken or too damaged to withstand a filling.
Prior to application of the crown, all damaged dental tissue will be removed; a root canal may be necessary in some cases. The crown will then be placed over the tooth and affixed permanently with adhesive. Crowned teeth can be used as the anchor for dental bridges if necessary.
Crowns vs Veneers
Although dental veneers do cover the surface of the tooth and can be a useful cosmetic tool, they are quite different from crowns. Veneers are applied only to the front surface of a tooth, not the top chewing surface, and do not lend structural integrity to the tooth. Crowns are both functional and cosmetic. This is especially true of ceramic crowns, which can be matched to the exact shade of your existing teeth.
Are Dental Crowns Right for You?
Dental crowns are a powerful solution for protecting your natural teeth. They are not the only tooth restoration option, however, and depending on your circumstances your dentist may have other recommendations. It’s always best to discuss your individual needs with your dentist and decide together on the best treatment for you.
If you’re interested in learning more or would like to discuss your options with an experienced dentist, contact Fife Dental Care today to schedule an appointment.