The Many Benefits of Dental Crowns

Dental CrownsIn our dentist office, we love dental crowns.  They are an excellent way for us to restore our patients' teeth and complete smile makeovers.  This one dental solution can accomplish a variety of goals, making them an ideal treatment for many of our adult patients. They can accomplish the following:

  • Restore chipped teeth.  When a large portion of the tooth structure is missing or has been chipped off, this procedure can be used to restore it.  Dental crowns are caps that surround the tooth entirely, so even if a portion is missing, it will look normal and be as strong as it used to be once a crown has been placed around it.
  • Close gaps.  This procedure can be used to close gaps in between teeth for a more natural and symmetrical appearance.
  • Fix cracks.  If a tooth becomes cracked, a crown can be placed around it to repair the crack and hold the tooth together.  This is commonly done after an accident like a car wreck or sports injury.
  • Cover dark stains. If your teeth have dark stains or are severely yellowed due to years of smoking, poor oral health, or simply age, this procedure can be used to cover those stains and create brilliantly white teeth.
  • Replace a tooth.  If a tooth has fallen out you can have it replaced with a dental bridge.  A bridge is made possible by placing a crown on the two teeth surrounding the missing one.  Dental crowns then hold the bridge and the new tooth in place.

These procedures serve both cosmetic and practical purposes with stunning results.  This is how the procedure works:

  1. Creating your crown.  An impression must be taken of the tooth that is being restored along with the teeth around it.  This way the crown can be created in a lab to be the correct size and shape.  A lot goes into this because the ridges on top of it must be crafted perfectly so that when you bite down, it feels like a natural fit with your other teeth.  We can create it in all ceramic for a natural appearance, ceramic-on-metal, or all metal.
  2. Preparing your tooth.  Before it can be placed, your tooth must be prepared.  This is done by removing a portion of the enamel from your tooth. This way, the crown will fit securely around it without interfering with the surrounding teeth.
  3. Wearing a temporary. While the crown is being created in the lab, a temporary one will be placed around the freshly prepared tooth.  This will protect the tooth and allow you to eat soft foods while waiting for the permanent one to be bonded into place.  It will be secured using a water-based removable glue.
  4. Bonding.  Once the permanent crown is ready, the temporary one will be removed, the area cleaned, and the new one bonded in place using resin cement.

After the procedure is complete, your tooth will look natural while being strong and durable.  You will be able to eat all of your favorite foods without worry and simply need to care for it like you would all of your other teeth.