Do you have a tooth that looks bad because it’s been damaged by trauma, decay, or wear? Do you think that tooth will have to be replaced? Not so fast! Dental crowns can be used to restore many teeth that you might have thought were lost. They can look beautiful, function like normal, and the sensitivity and discomfort will be reduced or eliminated. Whether used for restorative or cosmetic dentistry, dental crowns can dramatically transform your smile.

If you would like to learn how dental crowns can help your smile, please call (724) 282-4436 today for an appointment at Advanced Dentistry of Butler. Dr. Bob has been serving the community of Butler for nearly 40 years, and he’s earned the trust of his patients through his outstanding results and compassionate manner.

When Dental Crowns Are Used

Dental crowns are highly versatile restorations. They can be used in many different situations to achieve cosmetic and functional goals. Some of the situations where they are used include:

  • Heavily decayed teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Supporting dental bridges
  • Reshaping unattractive teeth
  • Covering discolored teeth
  • Providing the top of a dental implant

Dental crowns can take teeth that have been badly damaged by decay, wear, or trauma, and give them an entirely new exterior. This new exterior protects and strengthens the tooth. A dental crown can also be used to anchor dental bridges to your natural teeth for support.

Because a dental crown provides your tooth with an entirely new exterior, it can be used for cosmetic purposes as well as restorative dentistry. They can be used in all the same situations and dental veneers, and are called on in situations where the treated tooth will benefit from the additional coverage and support provided by a crown.

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots. The visible top of the implant is provided by a dental crown.

What Are Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are thin sheaths that fit over your natural teeth. A dental crown should cover the entire visible surface of the tooth, from the top of the tooth to below the gum line.

In the past, they were made only of metal, because that was the only material strong enough to withstand the biting forces crowns have to endure. Then people used porcelain fused to metal crowns in an attempt to meld the strength of metal with the attractiveness of ceramic.

But modern dental crowns can be made entirely of ceramic. New ceramics are stronger than titanium and can stand up to the most punishing of bites.

The Dental Crown Process

To prepare your tooth for a dental crown, any decay is removed. Unstable parts of the tooth will also be removed. In some cases, a root canal treatment might be recommended before the crown is placed.

In addition, some material may be removed to make room for the dental crown. Then an impression is taken of your tooth. The impression is sent to a dental lab, where the crown will be made. You will wear a temporary crown while the permanent crown is being made.

When the permanent crown is ready, you will be called back for a fitting appointment. Then the permanent crown will be bonded to your tooth.

Do You Need a Crown?

If you are looking for a crown in Butler, PA, trust to the experience and expertise of Dr. Bob at Advanced Dentistry of Butler. He can provide you with a quality dental crown. Please call (724) 282-4436 today for an appointment with Dr. Bob.