Dental Crowns

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.

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.