Dental Crowns: A Versatile Dental Restoration Used by Cosmetic Dentists

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Dental crowns give new life to teeth that bear extensive damage. They reinforce weakened teeth while protecting them from infection and further structural damage. The restored teeth can regain their shape and original pearly-white color.

It makes sense that dental crowns are an integral part of most smile makeovers. Cosmetic dentists love crowns for their versatility and their ability to save teeth that would otherwise be candidates for extraction. 

Before getting into the different applications of dental crowns, find out why they are so versatile.

About dental crowns

A dental crown encases a tooth, from the biting surface all the way down to the gum line. Crowns provide support by taking on the stress and forces that would otherwise be absorbed by the weakened tooth. Being structurally sound, the crown does not transmit these forces to the underlying tooth. The crown also acts as a protective barrier that keeps food particles and bacteria from reaching the vulnerable tooth.

Dental crowns come in many materials like gold, silver and porcelain-metal fusion. Cosmetic dentists often use a fourth alternative: pure porcelain crowns. These are translucent and glossy, just like real teeth. They are also tough and durable. This is why dentists use them for a wide range of cosmetic applications. For example:

1. Dental crowns restore teeth after root canal therapy

Root canals involve the removal of the inner tooth, leaving the outer structure more or less intact. Teeth that undergo root canal therapy are often vulnerable to breakage, fractures or outright disintegration. Teeth that have undergone root canal therapy often have dark discoloration as well.

A dental crown will restore the aesthetic and function of the tooth. It will protect the tooth from further infection or structural damage. Simply put, placing a crown on a dead tooth solves three problems at the same time.

2. Crowns reinforce teeth that are badly damaged from tooth decay

Dentists always strive to use minimally invasive treatments on their patients. This means that when a dentist recommends a crown, it is usually in a bid to save a tooth from extraction.

A tooth that is one step away from extraction usually looks misshapen and often discolored. Salvaging such a tooth with a crown allows a patient to keep their natural tooth and protect it from further damage.

3. Crowns provide support for dental bridges

Dental bridges are restorations that replace one or more teeth. A bridge is a permanent dental restoration that stays in place with support from the teeth on either side of it.

A dentist does not attach the framework of a dental bridge directly onto the natural teeth. First, they install dental crowns on the teeth. The crowns then bear the stress applied by the bridge and its frame. This keeps the natural teeth safe from the wear and tear that the frame would cause whenever a person chews or bites down.

4. Implant-supported crowns replace missing teeth

A crown can sit on top of a dental implant and play the role of the outer, visible part of the tooth. Because dental crowns are made of materials that are tough and durable, they can handle a little wear and tear. 

Porcelain crowns also have the same texture, translucency and sheen of real teeth. This makes them a perfect addition to a treatment plan for a smile makeover.

Find out how a dental crown can upgrade your smile

We all deserve the kind of smile that gives us a confidence boost when we look in the mirror. Take the first step toward a bright and even smile by calling our practice. Our cosmetic dentist will be happy to hear from you.

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