When teeth become damaged, they are often too weak to bite or chew food without pain, discomfort, or sensitivity. Fortunately, dental crowns can be used to protect these compromised teeth from further damage by giving them a new, stronger exterior that reinstates full eating functionality. is your dentist Here at our office in Greensboro, NC, Dr. Michelle Mottinger is your dentist for dental crowns—read on to learn more!
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are hollow caps that fit over damaged teeth like a protective shell, thereby preventing them from sustaining further injury. Additionally, damaged teeth are often too weak to perform routine biting and chewing functions without pain or sensitivity. In response, dental crowns strengthen these teeth so that normal functioning can resume.
Crowns can be made from various materials, such as resin, ceramic, or porcelain. Each of these materials can be made to match the color, texture, and appearance of a natural tooth so that the crown can readily blend in with the surrounding teeth. Furthermore, each crown is custom-made to perfectly fit over its corresponding tooth.
How Dental Crowns Help
There are several ways dental crowns can help your teeth. In addition to restoring damaged teeth by giving them a strong exterior for biting and chewing, dental crowns can also strengthen and protect teeth that have undergone root canal therapy or another restorative dental procedure. Additionally, dental crowns can be used to replace missing teeth when used in conjunction with dental implants or bridgework.
Another way dental crowns help is by transforming the appearance of teeth with cosmetic flaws. Since dental crowns encapsulate teeth, they can be used to conceal physical imperfections. A tooth that is crooked or oddly shaped can be given a more aesthetically pleasing shape by placing a dental crown over it. Cracks, chips, stains, or discolorations can also be concealed by placing a dental crown over the flawed tooth.
Interested? Contact Us!
For help deciding if crowns are right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mottinger, your Greensboro, NC, dentist, by calling the office at (336) 375-1825.