Updated: Feb 27, 2020
The good thing about today’s modern dental treatments is that they can often surprise you in the best ways. For example, even if you’re familiar with what a dental crown is, you might not realize all that one can do, especially if you’ve never had to receive one. Today, we examine a few ways that modern dental crowns can restore and improve your tooth and smile, some of which you may not have realized was possible.
1. Improve your tooth’s cosmetic concern
Traditionally, dental crowns were designed to restore teeth by covering their entire visible structures. This required being designed to mimic the tooth’s size, shape, and contour, and today, that’s possible to a greater degree of precision than ever. Coupled with highly lifelike materials, such as dental porcelain, this gives modern crowns a highly customizable and realistic finish, and makes them an effective cosmetic solution for certain severe concerns with your tooth’s appearance. Issues such as severe tooth discoloration or worn-down structures can be successfully improved with a custom, lifelike dental crown.
2. Restore your tooth in just one day
Even with highly lifelike materials, the traditional dental crown process can sometimes take weeks or longer to complete. That’s because the process involves preparing and measuring your tooth first, then sending the measurements and mold to a trusted dental laboratory where a technician can craft it. The crown can be placed after the technician sends the crown back to your dentist’s office, which may be several weeks later. However, at our office, we can utilize advanced CEREC technology to centralize the entire process in-office. This allows us to prepare and measure your tooth, design and craft your dental crown, and then bond it permanently in place, all during a single visit.
3. Replace a lost tooth without a bridge
The technology and material used to create modern dental crowns isn’t the only improvement in today’s restorations. In addition to restoring and improving teeth, modern dental crowns can also be used to replace lost teeth without having to rely on a dental bridge. If you’ve lost a tooth, your dentist may be able to replace it by implanting a root-like post into the space in your dental ridge, then attaching a lifelike crown to the implant post and abutment. The replacement tooth not only resembles the healthy appearance of your natural tooth, but also consists of a root-like anchor to secure the crown in place.
Find out what a dental crown can do for you
With a custom-designed dental crown, you can improve your smile in more ways than you may have realized. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.