When a tooth becomes cracked, broken, or otherwise damaged, it can compromise its structural integrity and overall functionality. While there are several types of tooth repair options available, sometimes a complete dental restoration is needed to save and protect the tooth from further damage. This is where dental crowns come into play. At Envision Dental in Marietta, we offer strong, beautiful dental crowns for tooth protection and repairs.
What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a type of tooth restoration that fits over a damaged tooth to protect it and allow for normal function. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including metal (such as gold or silver) or tooth-colored options like porcelain. Regardless of the material, a crown is designed to match the original shape of the damaged tooth to fit with the rest of the teeth in the mouth. The natural tooth is filed down to allow the crown to fit over it. Once in place, the dental crown is bonded to the tooth. Dental crowns, especially tooth-colored ones, look and function like natural teeth.
When Are Dental Crowns Needed?
Dental crowns are used to restore broken, cracked, or otherwise damaged teeth. They can repair teeth that are broken due to an injury or accident or protect a tooth that has been damaged from dental treatments. Crowns are often recommended for teeth that undergo root canal therapy or have large fillings that have weakened the teeth. They can also be used for cosmetic purposes such as to cover an aesthetically-unpleasing tooth or teeth.
Dental crowns can last for many years. Metal crowns tend to last longer, especially for molars and back teeth that are used for chewing tough foods. However, for front teeth, most patients prefer porcelain or white dental crowns that look like natural teeth.
Why Choose Dental Crowns?
There are several benefits to choosing dental crowns for tooth restoration:
- Protection: A dental crown covers the damaged tooth and protects it from further damage or decay.
- Functionality: Crowns restore the tooth’s functionality, allowing you to chew and bite as you normally would.
- Aesthetics: Porcelain and tooth-colored dental crowns look natural and blend in with the rest of your teeth.
- Durability: Dental crowns are durable and long-lasting.
- Comfort: Dental crowns fit comfortably in your mouth and don’t require any special care.
- Versatility: Dental crowns can be used for a variety of purposes, including restorative and cosmetic.
How Are Dental Crowns Placed?
The process of getting a dental crown typically involves two visits to the dentist’s office. During the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and filing it down to make room for the crown. They will then take an impression of the tooth to send to a dental laboratory, where the crown will be fabricated.
While you wait for your permanent crown to be made, the dentist will place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it. Once the permanent crown is ready, you will return to the dentist’s office for the second visit. During this visit, the temporary crown will be removed, and the permanent crown will be placed and bonded to the tooth.
At Envision Dental, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest level of care and the latest in dental technology. We offer tooth-colored cosmetic dental crowns that look and function like natural teeth. Our dental team is experienced in placing dental crowns and will work with you to determine the best restorative option for your specific needs.
If you have a broken or damaged tooth that needs repair, a dental crown may be the best restorative option. At Envision Dental, we offer dental crown restorations, including white or tooth-colored cosmetic dental crowns. To schedule an appointment for a tooth restoration, contact our office in Marietta, GA.