Dental crowns have been used in dentistry for over 2000 years. There is evidence that the Etruscans, a powerful and wealthy civilization of ancient Italy, experimented with crowns on teeth using ivory and bone as early as 700 B.C. By 200 A.D. they began using gold crowns to construct artificial teeth. Ancient Egyptians fashioned tooth replacements out of seashells and then hammered them into their gums. Oral sedation, anyone?
Porcelain crowns were first used in the 1800s. With the refining of metal casting methods in the 1900s, crown dentistry advanced significantly. The crowns of today are considerably stronger, and comfortable. We know all about them at Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte. We’re proud to offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry options, including tooth-colored crowns that are made to match your surrounding teeth. Boy, have dental crowns (also knowns as caps) come a long way.
Crowns cover the entire visible portion of the tooth and are cemented in place. Crowns are used to strengthen teeth that have been worn down or weakened by decay or injury. Crowns are also used to restore the original shape of a tooth or solely to improve the appearance of a tooth. Dental crowns are especially effective if you have discolored, broken, chipped, cracked or damaged teeth. If you are getting dental implants to replace missing teeth, they can be covered with dental crowns for a natural look. They also work well if you are getting a dental bridge, dentures or partial dentures.
The most common types of crowns are:
- All-porcelain (ceramic)
The material used is determined by several factors. If you suspect you need a crown, want to replace an old crown, or want to learn about other cosmetic dentistry procedures, call us at Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte at 704-337-8070. We have been serving patients in the Charlotte area since 1996. We can recommend the best tooth restoration or cosmetic dentistry option for you.