Dental Crowns

Hi Everyone! 

Dr.Christakos shares with us some of his experiences with dental crowns and what the benefits are of getting them. Enjoy! 

 As a child I was involved in an accident that left me with severely broken front teeth.  Fortunately, we live in a time where broken teeth can be fixed and not have to be extracted.  What was once severely broken down teeth are now beautiful crowns. These crowns are not only aesthetically pleasing but have also preserved what was left of my natural teeth underneath.

When you look at the multitude of dental treatments that are routinely carried out, few procedures have stood the test of time as impressively as dental crowns. There are many reasons that a person may require crowns on their teeth.  But why are crowns one of the most frequently carried out dental procedures?

Crowns consistently remain a mainstay of most dental practices, and this treatment is carried out with great regularity.  Main reasons that dental crowns are used include:  improving the appearance of a badly broken-down tooth or one that has been heavily filled, to support one end of a bridge which is replacing other missing teeth and they are instrumental in helping to strengthen a weak or badly broken-down tooth, such as a tooth that has had a root canal.  

One of the biggest differences between the types of crowns commonly used in dentistry is the material with which the crown itself is made. Each of these different materials will have their own characteristics and features which differentiate them from their counterparts.  

Porcelain Crowns – If you’re looking for a crown with the most natural appearance, then all-porcelain crowns  or porcelain fused to metal crowns are likely to be the solution for you.

Gold Crowns – If you opt for this type of crown, you will find that it is crafted from yellow or white dental gold. All gold dental crowns are extremely resilient and resistant to biting forces, and they are probably the best choice when crowns need to be deployed in areas where there is little space for the bite.  

When it comes to treating broken or damaged teeth with crowns, it is extremely important that a good foundation is built on what is left of the tooth, as this is required to help support the crown once it has been applied. Generally speaking, the foundation used prior to the placement of a crown will either be a large filling held in place with adhesives, or in some cases, using posts inside a badly broken tooth for extra support .

Feel free to come see me and inquire if you are a candidate for dental crowns.

Dr. Peter Christakos


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