When Is a Dental Crown Needed?

From repairing damaging to improving your appearance to replacing missing teeth, dental crowns offer many benefits for your smile. Your Fayetteville, GA, dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Kendrick, offers the restorations at Heritage Dental Associates.

How dental crowns transform your smile

Dental crowns may not look impressive, but these workhouse restorations provide multiple smile advantages. Crowns look just like a tooth, minus the roots. Their hollow design allows them to slip over your teeth once they've been reduced in size a little.

Crowns are made from an impression of your mouth to ensure that your restorations look and feel natural. Once your new crown arrives from the dental laboratory, it's permanently attached to your tooth with dental cement.

Your Fayetteville dentist may recommend dental crowns if:

  • You're unhappy with the appearance of a tooth: Crowns can completely change the way a problem tooth looks. They're often used to straighten a crooked or twisted tooth, improve the appearance of an oddly shaped tooth, or even lengthen a short tooth.
  • You have a fragile tooth: Teeth can weaken and become fragile due to cracks or certain dental procedures, such as root canal therapy. Aging may also affect your teeth, causing them to become brittle. Without a crown, your tooth may fracture one day when you take a bite of food. Porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic or porcelain crowns absorb biting forces, preventing the tooth underneath from breaking.
  • Your tooth has fractured or broken: Has a broken tooth altered your appearance and made eating difficult? A crown can restore the appearance and function of teeth that have broken or fractured. Adding a crown also eliminates pain that can occur when the ends of broken teeth are exposed to the air.
  • You lost a tooth: Dental crowns are an integral part of both bridges and dental implants that replace missing teeth. Bridges are made up of one or two artificial teeth attached to crowns on either end. Dental implants replace missing roots and bond to your jawbone. Adding crowns to the top of the implants completes the restoration of missing teeth.

Revitalize your smile with dental crowns! Call your Fayetteville, GA, dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Kendrick of Heritage Dental Associates, at (770) 460-9795 to schedule an appointment to discuss your dental concerns.