Did you know that a dental crown can save a badly damaged tooth? It’s true! Dental crowns are one of teh most reliable ways that dentsits can restore the strength of compromised teeth, in some cases making them even stronger than before. Here at Chestnut Dental Associates in Downingtown, PA, your general dentist, Dr. Carl J. Horchos, provides crowns to make your smile strong and beautiful again—read on to learn more.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
A dental crown saves your tooth by covering the entire tooth surface above the gumline. A dental crown covers your tooth like a suit-of-armor, protecting the tooth from breaking. Your tooth is protected from the strong biting and chewing forces when you eat your food.
The biting stress is evenly distributed across the entire tooth surface, helping to absorb the impact. In contrast, a large filling may actually weaken your tooth by dividing the tooth into sections, so when you bite down, a portion of your tooth can fracture and break.
Stronger teeth are just one of the benefits dental crowns can provide. Dental crowns can also make your smile more beautiful. That’s because modern dental materials like porcelain are light-reflective, just like tooth enamel. Porcelain closely resembles tooth enamel, ensuring that your new porcelain crown will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
When you are choosing a material for your dental crown, consider:
- A full porcelain crown if you want the most cosmetically beautiful, natural-looking crown material; full porcelain crowns are perfect for any area of your smile, but they are especially beautiful for front teeth and teeth that are visible when you smile.
- A porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, also known as a PFM crown, if you want beauty combined with the strength of a metal framework; PFM crowns are great for back teeth, where you need increased strength for chewing.
Interested? Give Us a Call
To find out more about dental crowns and how they can help your smile, call your general dentist, Dr. Carl J. Horchos of Chestnut Dental Associates in Downingtown, PA, today at (484) 364-4292.