Crowns can help you feel confident in your smile again.
Very few people hold the same feelings for dental crowns that they do for wearing an actual crown. We get it. One brings to mind dignity and respect, while the other…well, the other is associated with dignity and respect too, if you think about it.
If you are self-conscious of the appearance of your smile—hiding your teeth with closed-lip smiles or avoiding full, open-mouth laughter—you may want to consider restoring your smile with crowns.
Dental Crowns’ Role in Preserving the Natural Tooth
Dental crowns, also commonly called “caps,” are a protective dental prosthetic. As its name suggests, a dental crown is a tooth-shaped material placed over the natural tooth, much like a crown is placed on one’s head. This strong, protective covering preserves a weak tooth from receiving further damage, such as chips and cracks. Whether a tooth has been severely ground down, been affected by significant decay, or has undergone a root canal, a dental crown can fully restore dental function while retaining as much of the healthy tooth as possible.
Our natural teeth are our best option in maintaining optimum oral health. Because of this it is our highest priority to save and protect as many, and as much of, our patient’s teeth as possible. We opt for materials and procedures that remove as little dental tissue as is necessary and will stand up to years of wear to come.
All-Ceramic Crowns: What You Need to Know
All-ceramic crowns are increasingly used to restore and protect teeth. These strong, aesthetically pleasing dental prosthetics are able to make both dentists and dental patients equally happy.
As dentists, we love and recommend all-ceramic crowns. Ceramic is a reliable, protective material that requires the removal of a very small amount of the natural tooth before placement. Ceramic’s natural strength allows these prosthetics to be made very thin without compromising its integrity. The thinner a crown can be made, the less tooth material needs to be removed to make room for its placement. All-ceramic crowns also won’t interfere with dental technologies, so as the years and decades go by, we can closely monitor the tooth for potential issues that might arise.
Patients prefer all-ceramic crowns for their incredible tooth-like appearance that allows for a restoration that seamlessly matches their natural teeth. Ceramic crowns have the same coloring, translucency, and strength as our natural teeth. No one will ever notice your new addition to your smile. All-ceramic crowns also won’t lead to unsightly gray lines that often occur with porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns as gums recede.
Restoring Your Smile with Dental Crowns
Dentists often use dental crowns as a protective measure for weakened, severely damaged teeth. However, they can also be used in smile restorations and makeovers.
Misshapen and severely discolored teeth can be restored with a dental crown. This preserves the tooth itself while giving it a more aesthetically pleasing appearance you can be proud to show off. For patients looking to close a gap in their smile caused by a missing tooth, dental crowns can be used to support a bridge, requiring very little of an otherwise healthy tooth to be removed to make way for the restorative prosthetic to be placed.
A smile makeover doesn’t have to—and shouldn’t—entail a complete overhaul to every tooth in a patient’s smile. It is very common for a patient to come in unhappy with their smile. They believe they need a total makeover when they really only need a few teeth to be restored to completely transform their smile.
It is our goal to preserve each and every tooth in your smile as much as possible. We are happy to work with patients to help them achieve optimum dental health and a smile they can be proud of. It is our belief that you don’t have to be royalty to have a tabloid-worthy smile.