The exterior portion of teeth protect the living tooth root underneath. Unfortunately, the exterior of teeth can be damaged from dental treatments, injuries and discolorations. When teeth are weak or broken, or no longer aesthetically pleasing, dental crowns can offer a solution to protect and improve your teeth. At Smile Structure Dentistry & Braces, we offer white dental crowns to restore function and improve the appearance of damaged teeth.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a covering for a tooth. An exact 3D replica of the outside of a tooth is made in a dental lab out of metal, ceramic or porcelain, then fitted over the damaged tooth. To create a dental crown, a physical mold or 3D digital image is made of the tooth to ensure the right dimensions and fit is used. The majority of the tooth material is removed, then the crown or cap is placed over the tooth and bonded in place. Adjustments are made to ensure the crown is aligned within the bite for a comfortable fit.
Who Needs a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are used in a wide variety of dental procedures. For teeth that have been broken or damaged, a dental crown can restore the strength and function of the tooth while protecting the vulnerable inner tooth. Patients who have undergone root canals, multiple fillings or have a broken tooth may need a dental crown. Dental crowns are also used to cover unattractive teeth for smile makeovers or used in dental bridges or dental implants for tooth restorations.
Dental crowns can be a valuable way to protect and improve your smile. We offer white dental crowns that look natural and can last for many years to come. To learn more about dental crowns, contact Smile Structure Dentistry & Braces in San Antonio.