When talking about teeth, you may have heard the term “dental crown” or you may know that you have a crown in your mouth. Healthy teeth also have a portion referred to as a crown, so the term can get confusing. Succinctly put, the crown of a tooth is the visible portion of the tooth, that shows about the gums. If a natural tooth crown is damaged or malformed, a trusted dentist in Gainesville, TX can craft a new dental crown to support the tooth, or improve a tooth’s appearance.
Dental Crowns Can Restore A Tooth
You probably already know about the importance of regular checkups and cleanings, as they relate to the health of your smile. Not only do your teeth get a thorough cleaning to remove tartar, but your dentist also keeps an eye out for signs of trouble. A small cavity can be cleaned and repaired with a filling, but a larger cavity may need the support of a dental crown, to fit over the damaged tooth and keep it strong. A restorative crown can prolong the life of a tooth, while looking natural in your smile.
Dental Crowns Can Improve Appearance
When a tooth sustains a chip, it might still be strong, and yet cause awkwardness in a smile. Rather than wince every time you see yourself in a photo, or figure out how to hide your smile, a consultation for a dental crown may provide the answer. Whether a tooth was damaged, or is simply a different size or shape when compared to nearby teeth, a custom made crown can bring symmetry to your smile. Cosmetic crowns are custom tinted to match nearby teeth, so they blend in seamlessly.
A Little More About Crowns
Dental crowns can be a part of a smart plan to place partial dentures or bridges and other prosthetics, to establish secure support from nearby teeth. In the case of a bridge, crowns may be placed on the healthy teeth on either side of a gap, with replacement teeth included in the middle. Crowns are durable and long-lasting, but they do need to be checked regularly. If they begin to fail, or if newer options make replacing an existing crown the smartest choice, then dental crown repair or replacement can be done on a planned basis, rather than in the event of an emergency.
Learn How A Crown Can Benefit Your Smile
If you have been recommended for a dental crown, or if you have questions about the procedure, contact us or call our office today at 940-668-9000. Our state of the art facility and staff are ready to welcome patients from Gainesville, TX and the surrounding area.