When it comes to a dental treatment that is versatile and, for lack of a better word, universal, many dentists would point to porcelain crowns. This smile solution is both restorative and cosmetic, making patients’ smile look better, work better, and feel better.
Beyond Root Canal Therapy
Porcelain crowns are usually paired with root canal therapy. The problematic tooth has tooth enamel drilled away, roots cleared of infection, and canals filled to prevent further problems – it is then capped with a crown to stop bacteria and food particles from wending their way inside the tooth.
However, this isn’t a crown’s only job. They do much more than cover up an infected tooth. When it comes to dental restorations, a crown covers what’s broken, damaged, or problematic, such as:
- Tooth decay: A big cavity can’t always be treated with a tooth-colored composite filling because what’s left of the tooth isn’t strong enough. Instead, a porcelain crown is customized to build up the tooth and cover it for a full restoration.
- Weakness: Some teeth are more susceptible to dental problems than other, particularly cavities, cracks, and chips. When a tooth is weak, a crown reinforces it for strength and beauty.
- Missing tooth: A dental bridge is often used to replace a missing tooth, and this bridge is clasped to the teeth on either side of the space using customized crowns. Dental implants also make use of crowns, with the restoration fitted to the abutment to complete your smile.
Cosmetic Perks of a Dental Crown
When a tooth is unsightly, it might feel like you don’t have any options to correct the problem, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Dental crowns are just one of the many reasons to make a tooth whole again when it stands out for all the wrong reasons.
The most common cosmetic dentistry uses for porcelain crowns include:
- Stained teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
A crown can be personalized for use on a molar or a front tooth. It can make a tooth look bigger, better, and blend in with the rest of your smile. In short, crowns are the crowning glory of a smile makeover, giving people corrections for issues they never thought could be fixed when it comes to their teeth.
The Versatility of Porcelain Crowns
Crowns are often combined with other dental procedures to create a complete smile makeover. The pairing of two procedures, especially when one is so incredibly versatile, is the smart way to reach a powerful new smile solution.
Crowns do not stand out and draw too much attention to themselves. In fact, they blend right in, giving patients a symmetrical, flawless, beautiful smile. The porcelain is strong, durable, and long-lasting, so you don’t have to worry about losing a restoration or upgrading your smile.
If you have a tooth that sticks out for all the wrong reasons, contact Dr. Kiran Gill at Natural Smiles in Louisville, KY, to schedule a consultation and find out how she and her dental team can help you.