Why do we need dental crowns? After all, our teeth are very strong. In fact, the enamel coating our smile is the hardest substance in the human body. However, our teeth are still under assault from powerful bite forces and over 600 types of oral bacteria. When a tooth develops decay or becomes damaged, you may require a restoration to return your smile to optimal appearance and function. Dr. Adrian Vande Merwe answers common questions about the benefits of dental crowns.
Common Questions About Dental Restorations
Question: How do they work?
Answer: With this option, we place a cap over the visible portion of the tooth. The crown will then protect the remaining tooth structure while providing a defense against further infection, cavities, or damage. The restoration can potentially last for decades, as long as the patient takes the steps necessary to maintain a healthy smile.
Question: When do we need this type of restoration?
Answer: We may recommend this option for a tooth that has become cracked or chipped as the result of oral trauma. In addition, we can use a restoration to repair a tooth suffering from advanced tooth decay or one receiving a root canal treatment. For tooth replacement, we can use them to anchor a dental bridge in place or to restore a single tooth dental implant. As you can see, dental crowns offer both cosmetic and restorative capabilities.
Question: What are dental crowns made from?
Answer: Historically, dental professionals have always used metal, such as gold or amalgam. In recent years, more practices are offering options made from ceramic. A durable material that is stain resistant and mimics the appearance of tooth enamel, ceramic can ensure a restored tooth that blends seamlessly with your smile.
Question: What does the placement process involve?
Answer: First, we will prepare the tooth by removing a small amount of structure. Then, detailed impressions will be taken of the tooth. At a dental lab, an expert ceramist will fabricate the restorations from ceramic. Once complete, you will return to the office where will check the place and place your new restoration.
Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Adrian
Do you have any questions about our lifelike dental restorations? Interested in improving both the health and beauty of you and your family’s smiles? Then schedule a visit with Dr. Adrian today. We proudly service the residents of Bountiful and surrounding communities. Call us today at (801) 292-7500.