Dental crowns improve your smile by making your teeth strong and giving them a flawless new look. Dental crowns improve the appearance of teeth that are stained, chipped, or have other cosmetic concerns. Dental crowns also strengthen damaged teeth and restore function. Let Dr. Steve Rollins, the skilled dentist at our family dentistry office, Summit Dental Group in Waterford, MI, improve your smile with dental crowns.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are hollow, synthetic caps that are placed over damaged or flawed teeth. Crowns are usually made from porcelain or similar materials that closely resemble the look of natural tooth enamel. Once in place, only the crown is visible while the natural tooth is completely encapsulated inside. Dental crowns look and function just like regular teeth so they blend in with the rest of your smile.
Crowns are custom-made from a mold or impression of the patient’s teeth. Creating custom crowns ensures they match the rest of the patient’s smile and fit perfectly in place. Before placing a crown, the natural tooth is first reduced in size so the crown can fit in place. The crown is then permanently cemented to the tooth.
Some reasons why dental crowns might be needed include to:
- Strengthen a damaged tooth, such as following a root canal
- Protect a tooth from sustaining further damage
- Restore biting and chewing functions in a weak tooth
- Prevent a loose filling from falling out
- Improve the appearance of teeth with cosmetic issues (e.g., stains, chipped areas)
- Replace a missing tooth when placed over a dental implant
When cared for the right way, a dental crown can last for many years. Caring for crowns is really no different than caring for your natural teeth. Ways to care for your crowns include brushing and flossing daily and avoiding hard or brittle foods that could cause damage. Scheduling regular dental checkups and cleanings at our family dentistry practice in Waterford, MI, will also help your crowns last as long as possible.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
There are many benefits to having dental crowns. They restore function in teeth that were previously too weak or damaged to bite and chew food without extensive pain or sensitivity by giving them a strong outer shell. Dental crowns also restore beauty to your smile by giving teeth that are chipped, stained, or otherwise imperfect a flawless new exterior. Another exciting benefit of dental crowns is that they look just like natural teeth so they blend in with the rest of your smile.
There are so many ways dental crowns can improve your smile. Whether you need to strengthen and restore a damaged tooth or improve the appearance of one with cosmetic issues, dental crowns can help. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Rollins at our family dentistry office in Waterford, MI, to learn more about dental crowns by calling Summit Dental Group at (248) 681-3600.