Getting a dental crown can help restore the aesthetic beauty, strength, and functionality of an impaired tooth. Crowns have been around for decades in various forms such as wood or gold, but the ones that are placed today are made of durable porcelain or composite resin, so they better resemble natural teeth.
Getting a Dental Crown
Dental crowns, or a tooth cap, can repair your smile both cosmetically and restoratively. For restoration, a crown will bring back strength to a tooth weakened by decay, damage or root canal therapy. A severely cracked or broken tooth cannot be repaired with a traditional filling. There is often not enough healthy enamel left to place a filling, and the material is not as strong as a crown. In this situation, a dental crown can be crafted to fill in the missing structure and add strength.
Lost Tooth or Teeth
Tooth extraction is always the last resort. A healthy jaw requires teeth for stability and structure. A lost tooth or teeth leave space in the mouth and a gap in the jaw bone where roots are missing. The empty bone eventually deteriorates when it is not supporting a tooth root. A dental crown will usually cover the root or cap a tooth that has been treated with root canal therapy, to encourage the bone to thrive.
Tooth crowns are also placed over dental implant posts. The crown is the visible prosthetic that serves as a replacement tooth. Here, a dental crown supports both the bone and surrounding teeth.
Caps for Cosmetic Repair
In cosmetic dentistry, tooth caps are used to restore beautiful smiles, Broken, misshapen, badly discolored, cracked, or chipped teeth can be enhanced with dental crowns. Cosmetic crowns are most commonly used for the following purposes:
Repairing a damaged tooth
-Covering enamel loss resulting from bruxism
-Masking tooth discoloration that cannot be corrected with teeth bleaching
-Reinforcing a weakened tooth after root canal treatment
-Protecting and strengthening a severely decayed tooth repaired with a large filling
-Halting the further spread of decay
-Fixing a tooth that cannot withstand composite bonding
Dental Crown Procedure
The application procedure is completed in two in-house visits. During the initial stage, the tooth is prepared for placement of the crown. The affected tooth is cleaned and reshaped under local anesthesia. A 3-D image is created of the tooth using CEREC equipment. This is how the final crown is made. Once the milling process is finished, the cap is fixed in place and polished.
At Antoine Dental Center, tooth crowns are not reserved only for royalty. All of our patients can receive tooth repair fit for a king, using state-of-the-art CEREC technology. In one visit we can create durable and attractive dental crowns that restore the strength, health, and stability of imperfect teeth.
If you would like to improve your smile, call us at 713-497-1499 to schedule an appointment.