Why Do I Need a Dental Crown?

Why Do I Need a Dental Crown?

How a dental crown from your dentists in Charlotte, North Carolina can strengthen your smile.

How much do you know about dental crowns? You may already know that a crown provides the strongest protection available for a damaged tooth. What you may not know is that a dental crown can also make your smile more beautiful.

Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom in Charlotte, North Carolina offer comprehensive family dental care, including dental crowns to strengthen your smile.

These are just a few of the reasons why you might need a dental crown:

  • If you have a tooth that is severely decayed
  • Your tooth is badly damaged, broken, or fractured from an accident or injury
  • Your tooth is missing large amounts of tooth structure
  • If you have a tooth that is weakened
  • Your tooth is worn down or eroded due to aging or bad habits

A dental crown can protect your tooth because it covers the entire surface of your tooth, above the gumline. This overall protection means that when you bite down on a crown, the pressure and stress of biting is spread out over the entire tooth surface, to prevent breakage.

All crowns are strong, and when you choose a porcelain crown, the crown is beautiful too! Porcelain looks just like tooth enamel, and it is light-reflective just like tooth enamel. In fact, once a full porcelain crown is placed, it is virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth.

If you need a porcelain crown for a back tooth, it is often advisable to have a metal underlay, known as a porcelain-fused-to-metal, or PFM crown. Your dentist can recommend which crown material is best for you and your tooth.

If you have a smile full of damaged, broken teeth, you deserve to enjoy the benefits of dental crowns. Find out how dental crowns can help your smile by calling Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom in Charlotte, North Carolina at (704) 553-2348. Call today.