Hundreds of years ago, a patient who lost a portion of his tooth to decay or injury had but a few options. Either he could subject himself to a crude extraction at the hands of a so-called dentist, or he could rely on one of many oddball solutions. For example, dentists in the 1800s sometimes used the teeth of animals—hogs’ teeth were a popular choice—to fashion a new crown for broken teeth. Fortunately, you no longer have to partake in the teeth of barnyard animals. General dentist Dr. Ryan Hussong offers a more attractive option, porcelain dental crowns in Polk City, IA.
Why Do I Need a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns serve many purposes in dentistry, but the most common use addresses the problem of teeth that have been badly damaged by tooth decay. If you do not seek treatment for a minor cavity, it quickly becomes mores severe and compromises the integrity of your tooth structure. When this happens, a traditional filling isn’t adequate. Dr. Hussong will remove debris and decay from the tooth, then he will place a crown on top to prevent further damage.
If you’ve previously had metal crowns, Dr. Hussong may recommend replacing them with a new porcelain crown. The results will be less conspicuous, allowing you to feel more confident in your smile. We also use crowns to support teeth that have been badly broken during an accident, such as a car wreck or sports-related injury. By fortifying the remaining tooth structure, we can usually avoid the need for extractions and dental implants.
If you have lost multiple teeth, or if your teeth are too badly damaged to save, you may be a candidate for a dental bridge. This prosthetic, which consists of a dental crown at each end and a replacement tooth or teeth in the middle, “bridges” a gap between multiple missing teeth. Dental bridges serve both cosmetic and functional purposes. For example, the bridge prevents your remaining natural teeth from gradually drifting out of alignment, and it offers support to keep your cheeks from taking on a sunken-in appearance in the absence of your teeth.
What Advantages Do Porcelain Crowns Offer Over Metal?
In the past, silver amalgam was the go-to material for dental crowns. Unfortunately, the metal was highly conspicuous, and others could spot the metal when an individual opened his mouth to eat, speak, or yawn. Sometimes, patients with metal allergies would have an adverse reaction. Today, we use porcelain to create dental crowns. Unlike metal, porcelain can be custom-tinted to closely match the shade of your natural teeth. You won’t find yourself worrying about whether others know about your dental work.
Are you afraid of losing your badly damaged tooth? To learn more about dental crowns in Polk City, IA, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan Hussong, contact Cornerstone Dental at 515-984-6001. We proudly serve patients living in Alleman, Ames, Ankeny, Grimes, and the neighboring communities. We also invite you to follow us on Facebook, where we share the latest dentistry news and updates from our practice.