If you have a fractured or severely decayed tooth, a dental crown may be the key to saving it.
Crowns are coverings for individual teeth, designed to support any tooth that has been injured or weakened. Your Lincoln, NE dentist at Blome Family Dentistry can use them to hold parts of a broken tooth together, reinforce teeth that have lost much of their structure to decay, or protect a tooth that has just received a root canal.
Your new crown will completely cover the damaged tooth, preventing decay and allowing it to better withstand the forces of chewing. Regardless of the cause of your dental concerns, a crown can help prevent further damage to a weakened tooth as well as improve the aesthetics of your smile.
You Lincoln dentist can make you dental crown from a variety of materials:
- Porcelain or ceramic: These materials are usually used to crown teeth that are visible when you smile. The exact shade of white can be customized to match the rest of your teeth for a natural look.
- Metals or metal alloys: Nickel, gold, chromium, or palladium may be used to create a strong and durable crown. Metal crowns are usually reserved for back teeth, which bear more pressure from chewing and aren't visible when you speak or smile.
- Combination: Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns give you the durability of metal with the attractive appearance of porcelain to match the shade of your teeth.
- Stainless steel: These are considered temporary crowns, and may be placed while you wait for your permanent crown to be fabricated by the lab. Stainless steel crowns are also used for baby teeth.
The material for your crown will depend on the condition and location of your tooth, along with your personal preferences. Your Lincoln dentist at Blome Family Dentistry will help you determine the best type of crown for your needs.
Dental Crowns in Lincoln, NE
If you have a tooth that's been causing you problems, a crown can give it the strength it needs to be healthy again. For dental crowns in Lincoln, NE, call (402) 483-7000 or request your appointment now.