As part of our approach to restorative dentistry we may recommend a dental crown. Made from a variety of materials, this restoration returns the tooth to optimal function and appearance. There are a number of ways crowns restore smiles, from repairing damaged teeth to aiding in the replacement of lost ones.
Restoring Your Smile with Dental Crowns
- Repairing broken teeth: If a tooth becomes broken then a restoration may be necessary to repair it. Otherwise, the tooth has a high chance of developing decay or infection. After preparing the tooth, the dentist will take impressions and create a crown that fits over it, restoring the lost tooth structure.
- Addressing severe decay: Traditionally, tooth decay is treated with a dental filling. However, more severe cases may require a more sturdy solution. If the decay is in the rear of the mouth we may recommend a metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal. For teeth near the front, we have lifelike porcelain options.
- Fixing infected teeth: A dental infection can lead to serious discomfort and a high risk of tooth loss. However, we can perform a root canal to address the infection and restore the tooth. We complete the procedure with a restoration, ensuring the tooth looks and functions naturally.
- Replacing missing teeth: If you are missing a tooth completely, we can use a crown to secure a prosthetic or to complete the visible portion of a dental implant. Used for their strength and lifelike characteristics, crowns can aid in making your smile whole again.
- Addressing esthetic concerns: What if your tooth is misshapen or malformed? What if there are permanent stains that don’t respond to teeth whitening or the tooth has become chipped? In these cases we can place a restoration to mask esthetic concerns and improve the appearance of the tooth.