No matter what steps you take to protect your teeth, you will probably end up dealing with at least a few cosmetic issues over the years. Dental crowns are innovative devices that can be used to fully restore the form and function of a patient’s smile. These small caps fit directly over your teeth, and they are custom-made for every single patient. In addition to improving the appearance of your smile, these devices are also extremely durable. Once your crowns are in place, you could enjoy your beautiful new smile for well over 15 years.
Understanding Dental Crowns
Dental crowns have been around for many decades, and our cosmetic dentist has used them to treat a wide variety of oral health problems and cosmetic issues. Most dental crowns are made from a porcelain shell that is reinforced with metal, but you won’t see any metal once the devices are in place. Many patients and dentists prefer porcelain because it closely resembles the color and texture of natural teeth. The metal is there to protect the porcelain when you bite down on hard objects, and we generally use titanium or another similar alloy.
The crown itself is nothing more than a small cap that is placed directly over the damaged or misaligned tooth. Before the crown is put in place, we will prepare the tooth by gently scuffing the outer layer of dentin. We can then attach the crown to the tooth with a powerful bonding agent. If the crown ever becomes damaged or discolored, then we can easily replace it.
What Can Be Treated?
One of the reasons why dental crowns have become so popular in Little Rock, AR and elsewhere is because they can be used to treat dozens of different imperfections. Many patients have these devices installed when they have chipped or cracked teeth. Crowns are also an ideal option for those who are struggling with severe tooth stains. Minor stains can usually be removed with professional whitening services, but internal stains must be masked with veneers or crowns. Some of the other cosmetic issues that you might want to have treated include gaps between your teeth, misaligned teeth, and severe tooth decay.
Get All the Facts
Our team at the office of Samuel F. Jirik, DDS would love to help you restore your teeth so that you can once again smile with confidence. Please schedule a no-obligation appointment with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members in Cabot, AR to get started. Contact us today and schedule your evaluation!