If your teeth are weak, discolored, chipped or broken, you may believe that living with a less-than-perfect smile is your only option – but you’d be wrong. Dental crowns were specifically designed to help you restore the size, shape, appearance and strength of compromised teeth, and today’s crowns are more durable and more natural-looking than ever before.
What is a crown?
A crown is like a tight-fitting cap that slides over the existing tooth and bonds firmly to it with special dental adhesive. Made of strong, tooth-colored material, your crown can be applied in one or two visits and will work wonders in restoring the healthy appearance of your smile.
Why do I need a crown?
Well, the first answer is obvious: Your smile is a vitally important component of your appearance, and keeping your smile in top shape goes a long way toward improving your self-confidence. But there’s another reason why a crown is an important part of your dental care. When teeth are weakened, either by decay, breakage or wear, they are far more prone to decay and the risk of losing a tooth increases dramatically. By applying a crown, which encircles the entire visible portion of the tooth, the underlying tooth is protected from additional wear, decay or other exposures that can further weaken it. Because it prevents the damaged tooth from additional decay, that also helps neighboring teeth stay healthy. Crowns also help restore the chewing surface and maintain your healthy bite pattern.
Crowns are easy to apply: Once the tooth receiving the crown is reshaped to allow the crown to fit comfortably, the process of applying the crown is simple and quick. What’s more, today’s crown materials are more natural-looking than ever before. With so many advantages, there’s really no reason not to consider a crown to help restore the appearance of your healthy smile.