Beautiful Smiles with Cosmetic Crowns

Placing a cosmetic crown is a dental procedure used to restore strength and a healthy appearance to a damaged or decayed tooth. Some people are hesitant about getting a crown, often because they think a crown must always come in the form of the very noticeable gold cap. However, today dental crowns can be made to look, feel, and function exactly like a natural tooth. These cosmetic crowns can give you a beautiful, healthy smile.

Crowns are placed on teeth that have been damaged by cracks or fractures, large areas of decay, or large and old fillings. A crown can help prevent future damage to the tooth and restore proper function and appearance. Crowns are also placed on teeth that have had root canals to prevent the tooth from breaking down after the procedure.

Placing a crown typically requires two visits to your dentist. First, the dentist will reduce your existing tooth structure so the crown can fit over it, then he or she will take an impression of the tooth. From this impression, a crown will be made in a dental laboratory that fits your tooth exactly. While this tooth is being made, you will receive a temporary crown, often made of plastic, that you will wear for 1-2 weeks. At your second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown on your tooth, shaping and polishing it to look as natural as possible.

Cosmetic dental crowns come in a variety of materials, including metal, porcelain-on-metal, and all-porcelain crowns. Crowns with metal tend to be stronger and are often used on back teeth that have to withstand significant pressures from chewing. All-porcelain crowns are the most natural in appearance, so these are often placed on front teeth that are highly visible. Porcelain-on-metal crowns can also be used in situations where both strength and appearance are vital. Your dentist can help you decide which material is right for your situation.

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