When it comes to improving the health of your smile, the dental crown is small but mighty. It’s kind of a powerhouse of restorative dentistry, helping you replacing missing teeth, repair damaged ones, and even make cosmetic improvements.
At Stonecreek Dental Care, we’re proud to offer custom-made dental crowns that will blend in seamlessly with your smile and last for decades!
Read on to learn about five ways a dental crown can save your smile. Then, schedule a consultation with our talented team of dental professionals. We have locations all across Ohio, including in Centerville, OH! Just call the location nearest you to set up an appointment.
1. Repair A Damaged Tooth.
Accidents happen. Sometimes you fall face-first while ice skating or accidentally bite down on a jawbreaker. If you’ve broken, chipped, or fractured a tooth, a dental crown can help strengthen the tooth and restore its healthy appearance.
To understand how it works, it helps to understand what a dental crown is. A dental crown is a single-tooth prosthetic, carefully crafted to look like a healthy version of your tooth. It essentially acts as a cap. It completely covers the visible portion of the damaged tooth to protect it and restore its appearance.
When you come to Stonecreek Dental Care, we can provide a natural-looking dental crown made from materials like gold alloys and porcelain in as few as two visits. During your first visit, we’ll remove any decay from the damaged tooth, and we’ll prepare the tooth for your dental crown. This involves removing a small amount of your tooth enamel — just enough to make room for your dental crown.
Then, we take some images and an impression of the prepared tooth, which we’ll send to a trusted laboratory for the fabrication of your crown. While your restoration is being made, you’ll wear a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth. After your permanent dental crown is shipped back to us, we’ll bond it to your tooth. And voila! You’ll walk out of our office with a new and improved smile.
2. Build Up Worn Down Teeth.
Stress can really take a toll on your smile. When you’re under a lot of pressure during the day, the stress sometimes manifests itself as bruxism — or teeth grinding or clenching — at night. Years of bruxism can wear down your teeth, causing them to look short and possibly make chewing difficult.
Dental crowns can be used to restore the natural shape and size of worn down teeth.
And after you’ve had your teeth restored with dental crowns, you can protect your restorations with a custom night guard from Stonecreek Dental Care that helps alleviate bruxism. These dental devices slightly adjust the position of your jaw while you sleep, reducing grinding and clenching.
3. Anchor A Dental Bridge.
If you’re missing a tooth, chances are a dental crown will help you fill in the smile gap. One way to replace a missing tooth is with a dental bridge. A dental bridge can help you replace one or more missing teeth, using artificial teeth (called pontics) that are anchored on either side by dental crowns placed on your healthy “abutment” teeth.
When you come to Stonecreek Dental Care for a dental bridge, you can choose from a fixed dental bridge and a removable dental bridge. Fixed dental bridges consist of pontics that are bonded directly to the dental crowns. With a removable dental bridge, the pontics are held in place by metal clasps.
4. Restore A Dental Implant.
Another popular way to replace a missing tooth is with a dental implant. A dental implant is essentially an artificial tooth root that’s inserted gently into the gums. In time, the implant fuses to your jaw bone, just as your jaw bone would bond to a natural tooth root.
The dental implant is then topped with a dental restoration — commonly, a dental crown.
Unlike dental bridges, dental implants allow your jaw bone to continue to support a tooth root. This helps prevent bone loss.
Dental implants allow you to regain up to 90 percent of the bite force of a natural tooth, too! And with proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. They’re truly a long-term investment in your dental health.
5. Make A Cosmetic Improvement.
If you have a problem tooth that you can’t stand to look at, it might be time to conceal it with a dental crown. Because you can choose how the prosthetic looks — even its shade of white — it’s ideal for making cosmetic improvements.
Improve Your Smile With A Dental Crown
Want to know whether a dental crown is right for your smile needs? Come pay us a visit. We know that sorting through your treatment options can be overwhelming. That’s why we offer free consultations in a low-pressure environment!
To schedule an appointment, just call the Stonecreek Dental Care location nearest you, or fill out our online form.