What Are Dental Crowns Made of and Why They’re Important to Help Save Your Smile

added on: January 24, 2019
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Dental crowns from our Birmingham and Alabama Gulf Coast Northcutt dental offices can give you back your smile, making it whole, healthy, and balanced all over again so that it can continue to last a lifetime. Dental crowns are one of the most common restorations we do at our state-of-the-art offices in Bay Minette, Cottage Hill/Mobile, Fairhope, Semmes, Helena, and Hoover. So, trust us when we say they’re durable, affordable, and capable of bringing new life back into your dear old smile.

What is a Dental Crown?

Do you have a severely damaged or broken tooth that you’ve been merely living with for too long? It’s important you see your Northcutt dentist as soon as possible to learn more about your repair options. Every Northcutt Dental location is fully equipped with highly skilled and trained dentists who can determine whether a crown will work to repair your smile.

We genuinely love crowns because they’re a fantastic part of our restorative dentistry toolbox at Northcutt. Our dentists will tell you that dental crowns play a considerable role in saving severely damaged or deteriorating teeth. A crown covers the entire surface of your tooth, helping to strengthen, rebuilding, and even protect your existing tooth and nearby teeth.

You may have also heard a crown being called a “cap” or a “tooth cap.” They’re the same things.

What is a Dental Crown Made of?

Crowns from Northcutt Dental are always constructed of 100% porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-gold. But some crowns in the past were made from metal, so you may have one or two of those in your mouth or know someone who does. You can talk with your dentist to determine which porcelain option would make the best choice to help get your smile feeling healthy and looking great. One of the coolest things about your new crown is that it’s custom-designed and created for you by our trusted labs in a timely fashion so you can feel confident and excited about your smile.

What is a Dental Crown Used for?

Like we said before, we love doing custom crowns for patients like you. There’s just something so rewarding about seeing the finished product that, even though we’ve created thousands of crowns over the years, we still get excited for every patient who gets to enjoy the full benefits of this remarkable dental restoration. We can use crowns in a variety of ways including:

  • Creating a more attractive tooth surface that looks natural
  • Fortifying your teeth that have been weakened due to decay
  • Restoring a tooth that has an old filling or large cavity
  • Rebuilding your bite for better comfort and improved function
  • Helping restore a tooth that’s had a root canal, if necessary
  • Act as a prosthetic tooth that’s connected to a durable dental implant

The best way to learn about how dental crowns can work for your smile is to talk to your neighborhood Northcutt dentist. We provide famously friendly family dentistry in an environment that’s always comfortable and gentle. Our doors are always open to new and existing patients who need a little help taking care of their smile. Please don’t hesitate to ask us your crown questions, anytime!