A fractured or broken tooth needs prompt attention to avoid further breakage that can cost you your tooth. Depending on the damage to your tooth, your Golden, Colorado dentist may recommend dental crown treatment.
Crowns are custom-designed, tooth-shaped restorations used to protect and support damaged teeth. If you’ve recently fractured or broken a tooth, contact Dr. Jamie Richard from Dentistry at Golden Ridge in Golden, Colorado, to schedule tooth crown repair services.
Although teeth are fairly strong, they’re not immune to chipping, cracking, or breaking. Dental trauma, a large cavity, or biting into hard candy all pose a risk of tooth damage. Dr. Richard can repair the damage through dental crown treatment and restore your tooth’s health and usefulness.
A tooth that’s sustained structural damage is weak and compromised. Left untreated, it can continue to break and crumble. If the damage becomes irreparable, you may need to have the tooth removed. Crowning your tooth strengthens its structure to protect it from further breakage. The crown becomes the new surface of your tooth for biting and chewing, which restores its function.
Tooth crowns also conceal chips, cracks, and other structural damage to restore your tooth’s appearance.
In short, tooth crown repair can be used to:
Dental crowns are also used with other dental treatments like root canals, bridges, and implants.
If you need a crown to restore a tooth, you have quite a few options to choose from. The most common materials used for crowns are gold, metal, porcelain, ceramic, or a combination of these.
Gold Crowns – A gold tooth crown will give your tooth strength and durability, two essential qualities for biting and chewing. This crown is best suited for back teeth used primarily for that purpose. Their brash appearance, however, may not appeal to most people.
Porcelain and Ceramic Crowns – Porcelain and ceramic crowns are favored over other types of crowns due to their polished, natural, tooth-colored appearance. They look so much like natural teeth that others cannot tell the difference. When used on front teeth, they blend in smoothly with your smile. These crowns are biocompatible and pose no risk to your health or teeth.
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns – This crown combines the strength of metal with the beauty of porcelain for durability and aesthetic appeal. They’re cheaper than all-porcelain crowns and, with proper care, can last for years.
Metal Crowns – Metal crowns are highly resilient and resist chipping and breaking, even after years of use. Their main drawback is their metallic color, which stands out when you smile. They’re more suited for “hidden” back teeth where they can’t be seen.