What Are Dental Crowns?
By Little Smiles and Big Smiles
May 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Crowns offer a versatile way to improve your smile. Dr. Islam Dehis of Little Smiles and Big Smiles in Fitchburg, MA, explains how dental crownscrowns are used to treat a variety of dental issues.

What are crowns?

Crowns are hollow, tooth-shaped shells that fit over your teeth. They're often used to cover a small flaw in a tooth, but can also be used to repair or strengthen teeth. Crowns are often constructed with materials that closely resemble tooth enamel, such as porcelain or resin. Although many people want their crowns to blend in with the rest of their teeth, crowns are also available in gold or metal alloys.

Repairing teeth

After a fall or blow to the mouth, you may be left with one or more broken teeth. Broken teeth can be very painful if the break exposes the tubules in the dentin layer of your tooth. Tubules transmit sensation to the nerves in the center of your tooth and are usually covered by your tooth's enamel. Crowns cover the tubules, ending your pain.

It's impossible to chew on a broken tooth, which can make enjoying a meal at your favorite Fitchburg restaurant a challenge. Crowns restore your tooth and make eating a much more comfortable experience.

Stabilizing fragile teeth

Teeth can become weak due to dental procedures or small cracks. Age may also be a factor. As you age, it's not unusual for teeth to become brittle and prone to breaking. Crowns can be very helpful in preventing a tooth fracture. Once a crown is in place, it absorbs the forces you generate when you chew and takes the burden off your fragile.

Adding height to a tooth

When teeth are different heights, your bite can be affected. Bite problems can cause jaw stiffness, pain, difficulty chewing and even headaches. Crowns lengthen short teeth and eliminate bite issues.

Hiding imperfections

Has your tooth turned brown or gray due to the side effects of a medication or an injury? A crown instantly conceals the discoloration and improves your smile. Crowns are also used to straighten slightly crooked teeth or make oddly shaped teeth more uniform.

Restoring missing teeth

Crowns are a popular tooth replacement option. They're a key component in both dental bridges and dental implants.

Are you ready to find out if crowns are a good option for you? Call Dr. Dehis of Little Smiles and Big Smiles in Fitchburg, MA, at (978) 343-2630 to schedule an appointment.

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