Like everything else in life, if you want something to look good and last, you need to take care of it right. Optimal dental care is an everyday process; well, actually more like a twice a day process. But with the proper maintenance and attention, the results are a smile that will be with you for the long run. They say, “You are never fully dressed without a smile,” and cosmetic and restorative dentistry can make that statement hold value. From subtle changes to major repairs, your cosmetic dentist can perform a variety of procedures to improve your smile.
If your teeth are becoming weak or are slowly deteriorating, your dentist can help fix your weakened or damaged teeth by placing a crown – an artificial tooth made of porcelain – around the damaged tooth. In other words, if you need to have a tooth repaired or restored, you would like it to look as natural as possible, and aesthetically pleasing. Thankfully, with today’s level of always evolving technology, there has been advancement of the dental materials used, and now, dental crowns can match your teeth for the smile you have always dreamed about having.
A dental crown looks like a tooth above the gum line. The crown is placed over the tooth being restored, such as a tooth that has had a root canal, very large fracture, or severe tooth decay. Crowns are used when fillings are inadequate. Since crowns cover the entire surface of the tooth above the gum lines, they protect the tooth from additional wear and tear caused by biting or chewing. Dental crowns are usually made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. The porcelain of the crown is color-matched to resemble the shade of teeth alongside the one being restored.
In addition, instead of porcelain, now dentists offer ceramic dental crowns, which have a similar translucent hue to the overall appearance of the restored tooth. The degree of translucency changes from the base of the crown to the edges, allowing the crown to blend in more effectively with the rest of your teeth, creating an aesthetically pleasing smile.
To learn more about how dental crowns can create that aesthetically pleasing smile that you have always wanted, call Hagerman Dental Care at (651) 646-2392 or use our online form to request an appointment.