In most cases, dental crowns are used for restorations, such as if a tooth is heavily decayed or has undergone a root canal. However, dental crowns can also be used for cosmetic reasons. The decision to use dental crowns should be based on discussions with your dentist regarding your required treatment.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are a restorative treatment that covers the entire tooth, matching its original shape and color. Crowns can be made of metal, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal. The type of crown used depends upon the location of the tooth and the amount of stress it is expected to undergo in regular day-to-day use.
Dental crowns are placed in a two-part procedure. First the tooth is prepared for the crown. The tooth must be reshaped to make room for the crown. A mold is taken of the tooth both before and after this resculpting. After the tooth is ready, the dentist places a temporary crown to protect the tooth’s surface and allow you to bite and chew normally.
The crown is produced in an off-site lab in most cases, and will be complete in a few days. When it is ready, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is set in place. Your dentist will also perform tests to be sure your bite is properly aligned.
Dental Crowns to Improve the Look of Your Teeth
There are many ways to improve the overall look of your teeth, whether they are crooked, have wide gaps between them, or are asymmetrical or damaged in some way. One approach is to use dental crowns.
Issues that can be addressed with crowns include:
- Cracked, pitted or severely discolored teeth
- Teeth that are too small in relationship to other teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Teeth with multiple fillings that cause discoloration or damage
Whatever issues you have with your teeth, you and your dentist can determine the best treatment approach. To find out more about how crowns can help the look of your teeth, please contact our experienced team at Brush Country Dental & Specialty Center in Pleasanton TX.