The history of dental crowns
Dental crowns are often used to restore strength and function to teeth that have been injured by decay or trauma. They not only cover and protect teeth that are damaged, but they also restore their shape, appearance, and function. We may think of dental crowns as a recent innovation, but they actually have been around for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians were the first to record the use of dental crowns. They used animal teeth or carved pieces of bone as primitive restoration materials. In the modern era, artificial crowns have been fabricated from materials such as ivory, porcelain, and even platinum. With the latest technology, high quality tooth replacements are made from synthetic plastic resins, ceramic composites, and porcelain.
New technology for restorations
A good majority of crowns have been made of porcelain but were lined with metal, which often created dark lines by the gums. However, porcelain crowns are now available through new technology that allows for a fast and efficient way for the dentist to make dental crowns. This system helps your dentist craft some of the most natural-looking porcelain crowns possible, and the advantage is that the dentist does it right in his or her office in as little as one appointment. This will save patients days or even weeks of waiting for their crowns to be fashioned in a dental laboratory.
Although crowns have been composed of many materials, porcelain crowns are aesthetically more beautiful restorations because they mimic the luster of your natural teeth, are completely normal looking, and are absolutely metal-free. These restorations are strong and durable, without detracting from the beauty of your smile. Porcelain crowns are so attractive that cosmetic dentists even use them for creating a dramatic smile makeover. When you visit a cosmetic dentist, they will perform a complete evaluation of all your crowns, and if necessary, they will replace all your old, noticeable, or unstable metal crowns with beautiful porcelain restorations.
Same-day dental crowns in Charlotte, NC
If you have old metal bridges or metal crowns and are unsatisfied with the cosmetic result, then the Ballantyne Center for Dentistry offers porcelain dental bridges and crowns to help your smile. They can replace your old and unsightly metal restorations with porcelain ones. These porcelain crowns will blend flawlessly with your natural teeth and can be used as part of a complete smile makeover. The dentists at the Ballantyne Center for Dentistry are certified to use CEREC® technology, which allows them to craft custom crowns and restorations right at their practice. You can have your restorations in the same visit, saving you days of waiting for a laboratory made restoration. To learn more about how your smile can be improved with dental crowns, call the Ballantyne Center for Dentistry at their Charlotte, North Carolina dental spa.