What Dental Crowns Can Do For Your Smile

Dental CrownsWe provide dental crowns for patients that are looking to improve the appearance of their smile.  Many people still think of silver amalgam crowns when they visualize this versatile dental solution.  While they are still in use and incredibly effective, amalgam crowns have the downside of being made of metal and standing out like a sore thumb.  For this reason, most of our patients do not ask for a crown.  However, you should be pleased to know that crowns are now also made in a tooth-colored material that can blend in naturally with your surrounding teeth.  That means that you can benefit from the same durability and protective qualities of a crown, without looking like you ever had a restoration. Dental Crowns in Cosmetic Dentistry

As a cosmetic dentist, we use dental crowns on a regular basis.  They can accomplish a wide variety of goals that begins the moment we begin to take measurements of your teeth and create an impression.  We provide precise instructions to the lab technicians so that the crowns will fit perfectly around your teeth.  In addition, the size can be adjusted slightly so that they can close gaps in between teeth and change the overall size and shape of teeth if necessary. A tooth-colored crown can also be used to cover dark stains that remain on the teeth after a whitening procedure has proven ineffective.  In some cases, a tooth needs to be straightened, and a crown is an excellent tool for doing so.  Regardless of what you do not like about your smile, this versatile solution can help to give you the beautiful teeth you have always wanted.

Another cosmetic dentistry solution is the dental bridge.  A bridge can provide a semi-permanent tooth replacement and give you back both the appearance and function of your teeth.  This procedure is made possible by placing crowns on the two teeth that are surrounding the missing one.  They serve as anchors to hold the bridge in place so that it is durable.   We can discuss this and other cosmetic solutions when you come in for a consultation.

Dental Crowns Can Protect Your Tooth

We also use crowns in restorations and to protect the teeth.  This is often necessary as people age, and the teeth begin to experience erosion.  It is natural for the enamel to begin to wear off of the teeth over time.  This happens due to what you eat, how aggressively you brush your teeth, a lack of dental care and even basic aging.  The problem is that once the enamel has eroded, the dentin underneath is exposed, and the teeth can become sensitive to heat and cold when you eat.  To protect them and reduce or eliminate the sensitivity, a crown is placed around the teeth so that nothing touches them directly.  This is an incredibly effective procedure, and the crowns look natural once placed.  Simultaneously, if the damage was more extensive and the tooth chipped or cracked, a crown can restore the tooth to full functionality so that you can eat the food that you like and bite down without risk of irritation.