Dental Crowns & How They Can Help Your Smile
Do you have one or more teeth that are damaged, fragile, or unattractive? Your Portage, MI, dentists, Drs. David Johnson and Jared Hector of Johnson Family Dentistry can help restore your damaged teeth and improve your appearance with dental crowns.
How Do Crowns Work?
Crowns strengthen, protect, and improve the appearance of teeth. The hollow restorations slide over the tops parts of teeth, completely encasing them. Crowns are made of a variety of durable materials, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and resin. These materials are strong enough to withstand years of wear and tear and closely resemble the appearance of natural tooth enamel. Your crowns are cemented to your teeth and become a permanent part of your mouth.
Before you receive your crown, your tooth must be reduced in size. Decreasing the size of the tooth ensures a proper fit for your restoration. Your first crown appointment at our Portage dental office also includes the creation of a temporary crown and an impression of your mouth that will be used to create your permanent restoration.
Can Dental Crowns Help My Smile?
Dentists use crowns to:
- Restore Broken or Fractured Teeth: Broken teeth are unsightly, often painful, and impair your ability to chew. When you do attempt to bite, your broken tooth may accidentally cut your mouth. Your new crown will cover the broken edges, preventing cuts and ending pain that can occur when the broken ends of teeth are exposed to the air. Your new crown will fully restore the normal appearance of your tooth and restore your biting and chewing ability.
- Protect Fragile Teeth: Fragile teeth are at increased risk of breaking, due to the strong forces that you produce when you chew. Your new crown will absorb the biting forces, reducing stress on the tooth underneath.
- Make Short Teeth Longer: If one or more of your teeth are noticeably shorter than the others, crowns offer a simple solution. They can be used if your teeth are naturally short or if their length has changed because you grind your teeth while you sleep.
- Enhance the Appearance of Unattractive Teeth: Crowns can improve the color of a discolored tooth or make an oddly shaped tooth look perfectly straight.
Rejuvenate your smile with dental crowns! Call your dentists, Drs. Johnson and Hector of Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, MI, at (269) 381-7250 to schedule your appointment.