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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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Reasons Your Teeth Might Need Dental Crowns and Different Types You Could Consider

by Myrtle Banks

Your teeth do not simply play a role in the aesthetics of your smile. Damage to the structure of a tooth could lead to an array of other problems such as being unable to chew food properly, having speech problems and more. As such, if you have any damaged teeth, it would be prudent to seek tooth restoration. One of the popular treatments that dentists offer is dental crowns. So what do you need to know about dental crowns?

Why would you need dental crowns?

If you are looking for easy and cost-effective tooth restorations, dental crowns are one of the most convenient options that you could consider. There are some reasons why you may need to consider dental crowns:

Remedy damage to your teeth

There are different types of damage that your tooth may acquire—this ranges from chips in the tooth to cracks, fractures, fissures and more. Alternatively, extensive rot in the tooth may lead to a significant portion of the tooth being extracted. If you would like to cover up this damage, then you should consider dental crowns. Not only will the crowns camouflage the physical damage on the tooth but they can also function to prevent further damage from occurring.

Camouflage discolouration of your teeth

Discoloured teeth become more and more commonplace as you get older. This is due to the range of foods and beverages that you take on a regular basis such as teas, sauces, wines, coffee and more. The more heavily pigmented a substance is, and the more frequently you ingest it, the higher the chances that your teeth are going to become discoloured over time. If the staining is severe, you could opt for a dental crown to camouflage it.

Supporting dental treatments

You may also need a dental crown for providing structural support for another dental treatment. For instance, if you are getting a dental bridge installed to remedy a gap in your teeth, the dentist would have to use a crown on a healthy tooth to anchor the dental bridge.

What materials are dental crowns made from?

  1. Metal alloys: This is one of the more affordable yet durable options to consider. However, metal crowns tend to stand out, which makes them better suited for back teeth.
  2. Resin: These dental crowns are made from composite compounds and are coloured similarly to natural teeth. However, they are not a durable option as they are susceptible to breaking.
  3. Porcelain: This material is great as not only is it strong and durable but it is also natural looking. However, it is one of the most expensive options.