When Is a Dental Crown Appropriate?

Every dental issue is unique, which is why every dental treatment should be tailored to your specific needs. For example, teeth stains are common, but not all types of tooth discoloration are the same. A cracked tooth could be a minor cosmetic issue, a serious restorative concern, or both, depending on its size and location. Because everyone’s needs are unique, we offer a wide variety of personalized treatment options at our Mansfield, TX, dental office, including customizable dental crowns that can address discoloration, strengthen and protect a tooth, and more.

When your is cosmetically blemished

Today’s dental crowns are designed using advanced imaging equipment for highly precise measurements and results. They can also be crafted from a variety of materials, and one of the most common is dental porcelain. Designed to mimic the appearance and texture of a healthy, natural tooth, a porcelain crown can be tinted to match its unique color and shade, as well as layered to reflect light like healthy tooth enamel. Because of their highly esthetic results, porcelain crowns are often recommended to improve a tooth that is severely discolored or otherwise blemished.

When your tooth is fractured or broken

While improved cosmetic results are one benefit of modern dental crowns, most restorations serve the same purpose they always have – to restore and preserve a tooth that’s been structurally damaged. This can include a crack or fracture in the tooth’s main structure, known as dentin, or a piece being completely broken off of the tooth. In either case, the damage will make the tooth weaker and it won’t be able to support your bite’s pressure without sustaining further damage. By capping the tooth with a custom dental crown, we can stop the damage from worsening by protecting the tooth, allowing the durable, lifelike dental crown to function in its stead.

When you need to top a dental implant

When you’ve lost a tooth, we may recommend replacing it with a dental implant – a biocompatible post that mimics the function of your lost tooth root. The implant post can be inserted into your jawbone, and after your jaw has healed, we can top it with a custom, lifelike dental crown. In addition to restoring the visible part of your lost tooth and your smile’s overall appearance, a dental implant and crown can also help stave some of the more destructive consequences of tooth loss, such as the gradual loss of your jawbone’s mass and density.

Ask us if a crown is your tooth’s best option

A dental crown can serve several different purposes, depending on your tooth’s specific needs and your own personal preferences. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling our dentist’s office in Mansfield, TX, today at 817-473-6227.