How Dental Crowns Have Improved Cosmetic Dentistry

Posted on: November 26th, 2014 by Sam Khammar
Dental CrownsWe provide dental crowns for patients that need to restore a damaged tooth or want a smile makeover.  They are incredibly versatile and an effective way for completing a variety of treatments.  They come in all-ceramic for a natural look along with ceramic-on-metal and all-metal.  Which one you select should be based on which tooth it is going on. Having options makes it possible to wear a crown on any of your teeth. In the past, most people would only get silver amalgam crowns or something similar.  This is a durable material that is still in use today and common for treating molars.  Prior to the 1980s crowns were used but ceramic crowns weren’t very common because there wasn’t a good way to bond them to teeth.  Resin cement was invented in the 80s, and it allowed dentists to bond the ceramic to natural teeth.  This made the procedure effective and durable in the long-term. Dental crowns became a reliable and frequently used option in dental restorations once bonding was commonplace.  Since ceramic crowns became effective for restoring damaged teeth, they also became a solution for improving their appearance.  A crown can cover dark stains, close gaps in teeth, make teeth look like the same size and more.  They can solve the majority of cosmetic dental issues with a simple procedure.  Since they surround a natural tooth, there is no need for dental surgery, and the recovery timeframe is reduced. In the 1990s, a dental bridge was invented by using resin cement and crowns. A bridge is created by placing a dental crown onto the two teeth surrounding the missing one.  These crowns are bonded to the teeth for stability.  They are then able to hold the bridge in place with a new tooth attached to it.  This is an ideal way to replace a missing tooth and a good alternative to wearing dentures or getting dental implants.  The bridge would not be possible without dental crowns. In essence, dental crowns have made it possible to do the following:
  • Restore a tooth that has been cracked or chipped
  • Protect a tooth after a portion of the enamel has been removed, or a root canal completed
  • Cover dark stains
  • Make teeth the same size
  • Close gaps in teeth
  • Replace a tooth using a dental bridge
  • Make teeth appear youthful again (rather than dull or yellow)
  • Strengthen teeth that appear weak or sensitive due to a loss of surface enamel
They are so versatile that there are very few issues that a crown cannot help to solve by itself or in conjunction with other dental procedures.  If you are interested in wearing crowns, come in for a consultation.  We will take an impression of your teeth that is sent to the lab for a permanent crown to be created.  In the meantime, we will prepare your tooth by removing a portion of the enamel so that the crown will fit correctly.  You will wear a temporary crown to protect your tooth until the permanent one is ready.  After around two weeks, your procedure will be complete, and your smile will look amazing. Tags:

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