At Implant Dentistry of Virginia in Virginia Beach, our goal is to make sure that all of our patients in Virginia Beach and the surrounding area get to keep their own teeth for as long as possible. When you begin losing your teeth, the resulting gaps can create a safe harbor for bacteria, leading to gum disease. Missing teeth can even affect your smile, the shape of your face, your ability speak clearly, and the chewing and swallowing of food. Dental crowns are nothing new. However, modern dentistry allows us to work with a far greater variety of materials than ever before.
Why Might I Need a Dental Crown?
Normally, it is due to a tooth becoming cracked or decayed. When a tooth is damaged to a significant degree, there may not be enough support remaining to keep a filling there. In this case, we would prefer to fit a crown onto that tooth to ensure it is protected against bacteria.
We recommend dental crowns for different reasons. If you need a dental crown, it may be to restore the look of crooked teeth or to cover an unattractive tooth with a porcelain crown that matches the color of your natural tooth.
In some cases, you may need a dental crown when you have gotten a dental implant. This is to cover the implant post. Sometimes, a crown may be needed after other treatments in order to strengthen teeth that have become weak and brittle.
What are Temporary and Permanent Dental Crowns?
A permanent crown is designed to remain in place for years to come. They are usually formed in a laboratory. The temporary dental crown acts just like a regular crown but does not need to stay in place or last. One example is a temporary crown that is awaiting the creation of a permanent crown, which is being made in a laboratory.
Dental Crown Materials
Metal crowns have superior durability and their impact on other teeth tends to be minimal. Porcelain crowns are more sensitive but have the advantage of more closely matching the color of your natural teeth.
No matter what your choice, dental crowns offer you the opportunity to retain your tooth. A natural tooth is always preferable to a replacement tooth or an extraction. You can learn more information about dental crowns during a consultation at Implant Dentistry of Virginia. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Virginia Beach!