A porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) dental crown has been used in dentistry for several years. Dentists use the restoration because of their versatility and the ability to customize them to match existing teeth. The dental crown provides a perfect balance between aesthetics and strength. The metal makes it highly durable, and the porcelain on the outer layer…
5 Reasons a Cosmetic Dentist Might Recommend Crowns Over Veneers
Both Crowns and veneers are dental restorations that correct imperfections in teeth. However, cosmetic dentists use dental crowns when veneers will just not get the job done.
Veneers correct small dental problems and hide minor imperfections. In contrast, dental crowns correct larger dental problems. A dental crown is the kind of restoration that comes into play when a tooth is so badly damaged that no other kind of restoration can fix the tooth. To figure out when a cosmetic dentist would choose to use a dental crown over a veneer, you need to start at the beginning, with basic information about each restoration.
The difference between veneers and crowns
A dental veneer is a wafer-thin porcelain shell that fits over the front surface of the tooth. A cosmetic dentist files a thin layer of enamel off the problem tooth and then takes an impression of the tooth. They fabricate a custom-made veneer based on this impression. Once the veneer is ready, the dentist fits it onto the prepared tooth with the help of dental cement.
A dental crown looks just like the visible part of a tooth. It acts as a sheath, covering a damaged tooth from its tip to its base. A cosmetic dentist prepares the tooth by filing away a portion of its surface to create room for the crown. They take an impression of the tooth and use this impression to fabricate a custom-made crown. Once the crown is ready, the dentist places it over the prepared tooth, using dental cement to affix it to the tooth.
Uses for crowns
Each of these restorations has a purpose. Take the case of dental crowns. A cosmetic surgeon will use a crown for the following reasons:
1. To restore an injured tooth
Injury can break a tooth. A blow to the mouth can cause a serious fracture that leaves the tooth vulnerable to infection, pain, sensitivity and death.
A veneer cannot provide the level of protection and structural reinforcement that a crown can. Because a crown encases the entirety of the tooth, it protects said tooth from further damage and infection, all while restoring the aesthetic of the tooth.
2. To restore a tooth after root canal therapy
Root canal therapy treats a tooth that is dying from the inside. A dying tooth will often have a dark "shadow" that is visible behind the enamel. A cosmetic dentist will use a crown to hide this discoloration. It will also provide protection and structural support to the tooth.
3. To restore and protect a tooth with a history of dental problems
A tooth with a history of infection and decay needs a dental restoration that provides the highest level of protection. Because a dental crown creates a physical barrier between a vulnerable tooth and the rest of the mouth, it can keep bacterial onslaughts at bay.
In this scenario, the aesthetic of the restored tooth is an added bonus. This is one of the applications where cosmetic and restorative dentistry intersect.
4. To correct moderate orthodontic problems
A bad bite can have one or more root causes. Sometimes the malocclusion is too minor for braces, but serious enough to require correction with dental crowns. Veneers cannot correct these kinds of bad bites. A bad bite caused by any of the following can be corrected with a dental crown:
- Gapped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Teeth of varying shapes and sizes
- Slight crowding
A cosmetic dentist can design a set of dental crowns to create a smile that is both even and white.
5. To replace one or more missing teeth
Implant-supported crowns are a great way to replace a single missing tooth. The crowns look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Dental crowns can also act as abutments (or supports) for dental bridges.
A dentist will often use dental crowns to complete a patient’s smile. The crowns can sit on top of natural teeth and acts as support for bridgework. They can also sit on top of dental implants, where they can either play the role of bridgework abutments or standalone teeth.
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