A dental crown is one of the most recognizable forms of restorative dentistry. That’s partly because they’re also one of the oldest forms of restorative treatment, and partly because today’s crowns are so lifelike in their design that they can accomplish much more for your smile than ever before. However, not all situations that involve your tooth structure require a dental crown to resolve. Today, we explain what a dental crown is meant to accomplish, and a few times when a partial or full crown may be your tooth’s best option.

What a dental crown accomplishes

Dental crowns get their name from the crowns of your teeth, which are the visible parts that protrude above your gums. They’re called such because they’re designed to completely cover, or cap, this part of your tooth, which means they have to be carefully designed to replicate the tooth’s healthy, natural size, shape, and appearance. Once a dental crown is bonded in place over the tooth, the restoration can take over the tooth’s function in your bite, preventing the natural tooth structure from being damaged or compromised any further. Though, in some cases, a partial dental crown can be crafted to restore just a portion of your tooth’s crown, rather than capping its entire visible structure.

When dental crowns are recommended

The fact that dental crowns are designed to restore a majority of your tooth’s structure at once makes them beneficial for addressing numerous different dental concerns. For example, when a tooth’s crown becomes damaged, it won’t be able to heal itself. However, restoring it with a dental crown can prevent it from becoming damaged any further, which will improve your chances of retaining the tooth for life and never having to replace it. Also, teeth that have become structurally weak due to excessive wear (such as from bruxism) or after root canal treatment may also benefit from the protection of a custom-designed dental crown.

Partially or fully restoring a tooth

Traditionally, dental crowns have always been designed to completely cap teeth. Today, however, advanced technology and dental techniques allow for much more precise tooth restoration, and the use of partial dental crowns has become popular for repairing teeth while preserving a maximum amount of healthy tooth structure. Unlike a complete dental crown, a partial crown is placed on just a small portion of your tooth’s crown, which means the tooth can be restored with minimal preparation of its structure.

Find out if your tooth needs a dental crown

Dental crowns are designed to restore some or all of your tooth’s structure, making them ideal for addressing a wide range of concerns. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.