As a general rule, our teeth are incredibly durable. Made to withstand the daily grind of three meals per day and snacks in between, we depend on them constantly to aid in our enjoyment of food.
Accidental breaking, chipping, cracking, and cavities can deteriorate the structure of a tooth to the point where support is needed in the form of a crown when a filling won’t suffice.
A crown is a toothshaped cap that covers the damaged tooth,recreating the original tooth shape and size while improving strength of the broken down tooth. Crowns are cemented into place and fully cover the visible tooth at and above the gum line.
A cracked, chipped, broken, or damaged tooth with the aid of a crown can give your smile a more attractive appearance once the crown is applied.
Crowns are made of many different materials, typically those found today are gold, Porcelain Fused to Metal, and all ceramic crowns. Gold crowns are extremely durable in the heavier occluding areas such as the back of the mouth and are also the most biocompatible crowns.
Porcelain Fused to Metal crowns have been tried and tested crowns with a metal interior and a white porcelain exterior, they have stood the test of time, but can sometimes leave something to be desired with esthetics. All Ceramic crowns have most recently made their entrance in the dental market, providing superior aesthetics, with durability that is able to stand the test of time.
The lifespan of crowns is dependent upon many variables with oral hygiene typically being the biggest factor. There are other factors such as chewing and grinding habits that can affect the lifespan of a crown in addition to eating hard or sticky candy, and biting fingernails can shorten the lifespan of crowns.
A crown positively changes the appearance and function of damaged teeth. If you have a tooth that needs attention, your Fargo dental team at South University Dental is happy to serve you. Email our office or call (701) 232-8884. One of our friendly team members will happily help you schedule convenient appointment time.