Dental crowns provide both cosmetic and restorative benefits to patients with damaged or decayed teeth. Crowns replace the exterior of a damaged tooth, to resolve functional issues and also to restore the tooth to a more aesthetically pleasing color and shape. After treating or removing decay or damage, the crown fits snugly over the remaining tooth. The tooth may need to be reduced in size prior to installation, to make room for the crown. Crowns are appropriate for front facing teeth as well as the hard working molars.
If you are in the Virginia Beach area and are having difficulty with a tooth or teeth, book an appointment at Virginia Beach Cosmetic Dentistry to determine what procedures will help repair your tooth and alleviate your oral health issue. Dr. Mary Lewis will examine your teeth to determine the best course of action for repair. At your appointment, discuss your goals for your smile over time, as well as the current impediments caused by your tooth issues. Modern dentistry can offer many options to help you, including tooth-colored fillings, veneers, bonding, and bridges.
What are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns may be made from a variety of materials, including metal, porcelain supported by metal, and full porcelain. For the most aesthetically-pleasing results, we typically recommended full porcelain to our patients getting dental crowns in Virginia Beach, especially on the more visible front teeth. Using a precise color-matching system, we are able to identify the shade and color of ceramic that most closely matches your other teeth. The exactness of the color match system allows the crown to blend in with the other teeth resulting in an impeccable smile.
Cosmetic Benefits of Dental Crowns
While many patients opt for dental veneers for cosmetic reasons, dental crowns offer a solution that addresses function as well as aesthetics. A veneer only covers the front of the tooth with a cosmetically attractive shell. This is ideal for small repairs related to color or small chips; however, the minimal coverage of a veneer leaves the back of the tooth vulnerable, and does not restore function to a damaged tooth. Crowns utilize a thicker material that covers the entire tooth. A crown will keep a bite in proper alignment, help prevent future decay and damage, and restore chewing ability.
Because of these functional benefits, In addition to repairing decayed or damaged teeth, caps may also improve the smiles of patients with malformed teeth. Whether misshapen or simply too small for the space in the mouth, full caps on teeth can help provide a more functional and beautiful smile.
The Process of Getting a Dental Crown
Receiving a crown at our Virginia Beach office requires only two short appointments. Once the crown is fully in place, you may treat it as you do your other teeth. This includes conscientious brushing, flossing, and other preventive care to ensure that no bacteria is allowed to build up near the base of the crown. With proper care your dental crown will last for many years, however it is important to maintain six month check up appointments to monitor the installation for signs of damage or decay.
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If you feel that a dental crown might be the solution you seek, set-up an appointment at our Virginia Beach office. Dr. Lewis will evaluate your oral health and make recommendations for improvement and repair based on your individual needs.