Dental crowns provide several important benefits for your smile. Dr. William Peterson offers crowns and other cosmetic dentistry services in his Clayton, MO, dental office.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns, often called "caps," protect fragile or damaged teeth, fill gaps in your smile or conceal imperfections. The hollow restorations slip over teeth once they've been prepared. Crowns are often made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic and resin. All of these materials reflect light the same way natural tooth enamel does and are very durable.
Do I need a crown?
Your Clayton, MO, dentist may recommend a crown if your tooth has become fragile, brittle or weak. Small cracks in teeth weaken the structure. Constant stress caused by biting may eventually worsen the crack, increasing your risk of a fracture.
Crowns protect cracked teeth and absorb the strong forces you produce when you chew and bite. The restorations are also a good choice if your teeth are naturally brittle, or they've been weakened by a large filling or root canal therapy. Crowns are available in a variety of natural tooth shades to ensure that your restoration matches the rest of your smile.
Crowns also restore and protect broken and fractured teeth. Broken teeth are not only painful and unattractive but may make chewing much more difficult. Thanks to the addition of a crown, you'll no longer experience sensitivity and can once again eat normally.
Grinding your teeth while you sleep can shorten them. Unfortunately, you may not be aware of the problem until your teeth become noticeably shorter. In addition to affecting your appearance, short teeth may also alter your bite. Your dentist may recommend lengthening your teeth with crowns and suggest wearing a nightguard while you sleep to prevent enamel erosion in the future.
A single crooked or discolored tooth can affect the symmetry of your smile. Fortunately, the problem is easy to correct by adding a crown to the tooth. The restorations are an excellent choice if you would like to change the shape of a tooth.
Do dental crowns sound like a good option for you? Call your Clayton, MO, dentist Dr. William Peterson at (314) 727-4131 to schedule an appointment.