What Can a Dental Crown Do For My Smile?
By Dr. Melissa Smith
December 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental CrownFind out why dental crowns are one of the most popular dental restorations.

Has our St. Peters, MO, family dentist Dr. Mazen Sultan told you that your smile could benefit from a dental crown? You probably know someone who has a dental crown even if you never realized it. This hollow tooth-shaped cap is cemented into place over a tooth to restore functionality, strength and aesthetics back into a tooth.

While crowns can often be made from different materials, our St. Peters, MO, dentist understands the importance of having a restoration that resembles a real tooth so no one will even be able to tell that you have a dental crown. This is why our crowns are often made from porcelain, which can be matched to the shade of your smile so that it blends right in.

When are dental crowns used?

There are many instances in which our dentist Dr. Sultan will recommend getting a dental crown. This restoration is very versatile and can be used to,

Protect a damaged or decayed tooth

This goes for teeth that have been weakened or damaged by decay, an infection (which will require root canal therapy) and traumatic injury. If a tooth sustains an injury (e.g. cracked or chipped), permanently placing a dental crown over the tooth can protect it from further damage and preserve the rest of the tooth’s natural structure.

Improve your appearance

While there are certainly different cosmetic options for improving the overall shape, size or color of a tooth, if a tooth requires a little boost to alter the way it looks then you may want to consider getting a dental crown. Often times, weak or damaged teeth also have other issues. They may be misshapen, worn down or discolored. If this is the case, a dental crown can drastically change its appearance for the better.

Replace a missing tooth

No matter if you’ve lost a tooth to gum disease or severe damage, it’s important to replace the tooth as soon as possible to prevent teeth from shifting into the open gap and to prevent bone loss. A crown is used in two ways: to cover a dental implant, a restoration that is placed within the jawbone to replace missing teeth, or to be placed over natural teeth to support a false tooth in the gap or gaps in your smile (an oral device known as a dental bridge).

Confident Smiles and Implants of St. Peters, MO, is dedicated to providing your smile with the proper and comprehensive dental care you need to get your oral health back on track. If you want to find out if dental crowns could improve the appearance and resiliency of one of your teeth then call our office today to learn more.

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