Dental crowns, also referred to as “tooth caps,” are just what they sound like – they cover the top portion, or crown, of teeth. Dental crowns can be used in a variety of situations to repair and restore your teeth, and to improve a tooth’s aesthetic appearance. The dentists at Martin Taylor Dentistry in Tucson, AZ are experts in creating natural-looking crowns that feel and function as great as they look.
Dental crowns explained
One of the most common types of dental restorations, dental crowns are incredibly versatile and can be used to repair teeth in several different scenarios, such as:
- A tooth has a cavity that is too large for a composite dental filling to effectively restore the tooth
- Your tooth has cracked, fractured, or a piece has broken off – a crown for a broken tooth is a cost-effective way to save and restore the tooth to health
- A root canal has been performed on the tooth, in which case a crown can protect and strengthen the tooth after treatment
- Tooth wear and tear due to grinding and clenching or an uneven bite – these issues can wear down your teeth over time and a dental crown is a good option for restoring your teeth’s original size and shape
- For patients with cosmetic issues such as permanent discoloration, a front tooth cap may be a good choice for enhancing the appearance of your tooth
- Old crowns or other restorations may need to be replaced over time if they have become damaged, loose, or discolored
Dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials. At Martin Taylor Dentistry, one of the most common materials patients choose for their crowns is porcelain. Porcelain crowns are incredibly strong and durable and provide reliable results for many years. Zirconia crowns are also rising in popularity and provide a good balance between strength and appearance due to zirconia’s translucency that mimics natural teeth.
If you have a broken tooth or decay that is causing you pain, the dentists at Martin Taylor Dentistry are here to help restore the natural function and appearance of your smile. To schedule your appointment, call our Tucson, AZ office today at (520) 600-6925.