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For years, dentists have been using dental crowns to improve damaged, broken, or decayed teeth. Crowns provide both restorative and aesthetic benefits to patients who have problems with their teeth. If you have a tooth that doesn’t look right, doesn’t feel right, or doesn’t fit in with the rest of your smile, don’t hesitate to talk to Dr. George Trask at Monroeville Dental in Monroeville, OH (and serving patients near Norwalk, OH) about having a crown placed.
The Strength of Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a small wonder in the field of dentistry. It is a device that is usually formed from a block of porcelain, which is one of the most resilient materials that closely resembles the look of natural tooth enamel. Porcelain crowns contain zirconia, making them among the strongest of all ceramic materials. In addition to its consummate durability, a porcelain crown has a very attractive, polished, contoured appearance.
How Dental Crowns Help
Because of its strength, a crown provides the ultimate in security for a previously damaged or infected tooth. It serves the same purpose as the outer dentin and enamel layers, but with a more reinforced surface. A dental crown will also be less likely to stain compared to your natural enamel. Your Norwalk area dentist will color-match your crown so that you can smile knowing that it looks just like your other teeth—no one will be able to tell the difference.
How Will the Procedure Go?
You may be surprised by how simple it is to get a crown made and fitted to your smile. The first step is removing the damaged outer material so that the crown, also called a cap, can completely cover the tooth. The remaining part of the tooth, called an abutment, will be measured so that a custom crown can be designed by a skilled technician. The process is complete when your dentist bonds the crown and adds contouring so that it looks as natural as possible.
Update Your Smile with a Dental Crown
Dental crowns can make a major change in the resilience and looks of your smile. Call (419) 465-2574 today for an appointment with Dr. George Trask at Monroeville Dental in Monroeville, OH (also serving the residents of Norwalk, OH).
You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:Â He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.
“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”
Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?
In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.
There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.Â Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.
If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”