Are Crowns Right for Me?

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
September 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental CrownCould your dental problem be improved by adding a crown to your tooth? Charlottesville, VA, dentist Dr. Michael Tisdelle helps his patients improve their smiles with versatile crowns.

What are crowns?

Crowns, also called caps, slip over the top of teeth after your Charlottesville dentist decreases the size of the teeth. The hollow restorations are usually made of strong materials that closely resemble tooth enamel, such as porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, or resin.

Before you receive a crown, your dentist will file down your tooth and make an impression of your mouth. In most cases, preparation of your new crown will take about two weeks. In the meantime, you'll wear a temporary crown. During your final crown appointment, your dentist will make any necessary adjustments, then attach the crown with dental cement.

Can a crown help me?

Crowns are used to protect weak teeth, restore damaged teeth, and conceal imperfections. Your dentist may recommend a crown if you have one or more of these issues:

  • A Cracked Tooth: Cracks increase the risk of a future fracture or break in your tooth. Adding a crown strengthens and protects the damaged tooth.
  • A Broken or Fractured Tooth: Crowns restore normal function to your tooth and improve its appearance. They also prevent injury to your lips and cheeks by covering ragged edges and eliminate pain that can occur if your tooth pulp is exposed to the air.
  • A Fragile Tooth: Fragile teeth run in some families but can also occur as a normal part of aging. If your dentist notices that a tooth is fragile or brittle, he may recommend a protective crown.
  • A Weak Tooth: Large cavities or root canal therapy are necessary for good oral health, but these treatments can weaken teeth. Crowns ensure that your treated tooth doesn't crack or break.
  • An Unattractive Tooth: Crowns offer an excellent option if you want to conceal a discolored tooth, lengthen a tooth that's shorter than other teeth or completely change the shape of a crooked, twisted, pointed, or oddly shaped tooth.
  • A Missing Tooth: Crowns also anchor artificial teeth in a bridge. Your dentist may recommend a bridge if you've lost one or more teeth.

Protect and improve your smile with dental crowns! Call Charlottesville, VA, dentist Dr. Michael Tisdelle at (434) 977-4101 to schedule an appointment.

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