If you are unhappy with the look of your teeth, you may want to talk to your cosmetic dentist about dental crowns. Whether it is because of decay, or a broken tooth, dental crowns look and feel like normal teeth. Because they encase the visible portion of teeth, they can drastically increase the appearance of your smile. Typically, a dental crown covers the entire tooth—from the gum line to the top of the tooth.
Cosmetic dentists use dental crowns in a variety of situations
Do you have a cracked tooth? A dental crown may hold it together. Is one of your teeth broken? A cosmetic dentist may recommend using a dental crown to restore your broken tooth. Even if you have teeth that have been worn down, dental crowns may be a great option to improve your smile. Sometimes dental crowns are used to cover dental implants. Or, if teeth are severely discolored and cannot be whitened through traditional methods, dental crowns may be used. Because dental crowns can be used to help patients with a variety of dental issues, they are a popular choice of treatment by cosmetic dentists at Ballantyne Center for Dentistry in Charlotte NC.
Permanent crowns are made from a variety of materials
Over the past several decades, dental crowns have been made from a variety of materials. These days, permanent dental crowns are typically made from ceramic, resin, or porcelain that is fused to metal. Metals that are used in crowns include gold alloy or other alloys. Because metal crowns are strong and durable, cosmetic dentists say that people rarely have issues with metal crowns breaking or chipping. Metal crowns are a popular option for teeth that are out-of-sight. If you want visible metal crowns, your cosmetic dentists frequently recommend crowns that have porcelain fused to the metal. The porcelain is a great match for the surrounding teeth. While porcelain fused to metal is not as long lasting as purely metal crowns, they look and feel like normal teeth.
Resin dental crowns are another option for patients looking for an alternative to porcelain or metal crowns. Dental crowns made from resin are typically less expensive than the other options.
Crowns can look like natural teeth
Many people are concerned about getting dental crowns because they do not want any metal visible. Thanks to technological advancement in cosmetic dentistry, there are also all-ceramic and all-porcelain crowns available. Do you have a metal allergy? These non-metal crowns may be a great option for you. While they are not as strong as metal dental crowns, they are a great choice for front teeth because they look and feel like a patient’s natural teeth. If you are in immediate need of a dental crown, your dentist at Ballantyne Center for Dentistry can make them in-office while a more permanent crown is being constructed in a dental laboratory.
Are you unhappy with your smile? Consider talking to your cosmetic dentist at Ballantyne Center for Dentistry about how dental crwons could help.