Issues like fractures and decay do more than just affect the health of your teeth. These issues can also impact your smile. Damaged or decayed teeth need to be repaired. However, certain types of dental restorations are not exactly the most aesthetically pleasing. When it comes to restoring the health of damaged teeth and improving your smile, Victor Nitu DDS can help with ceramic or porcelain dental crowns.
How Does a Crown Work?
When you have minor damage affecting your front teeth, you may only need a minor cosmetic treatment, such as bonding or porcelain veneers. Sometimes, however, the damage might be more significant. In such cases, these types of treatments are not enough. Instead, it would help if you had something that not only improves your smile but protects your oral health as well. This is where a ceramic or porcelain crown comes in.
Crowns are often described as tooth caps. This is because these restorations cover the whole crown of the natural tooth. In addition to protecting the tooth from further harm, it also strengthens the tooth so that you can bite and chew without fear. Ceramic and porcelain crowns also help to improve the aesthetics of your smile. This is because the materials are tooth colored. Using a color guide, we can match the shade of your surrounding teeth so that your crown blends into your smile perfectly.
Types of Tooth-Colored Crowns
An all-ceramic crown is one of the most popular types of crowns for your front teeth. It is made entirely of ceramic and provides a perfectly natural appearance. There is also porcelain fused to metal crowns. These crowns have a metal base and a porcelain coating. The coating provides the aesthetics of a natural tooth while also adding in the strength associated with metal crowns. Each material has unique benefits and disadvantages, which we will discuss with you to help determine the best option for you.
What’s it Like to Get a Crown?
Crowns are typically placed in two appointments. Before you can receive your crown, it first needs to be made. To make your crown, we need to prepare the damaged tooth and take impressions. Preparing the tooth means that we remove a portion of your tooth enamel. After taking your impression, we provide you with a temporary crown. This crown helps to protect the tooth while you wait for your final one to be made. The actual crown is placed at your second appointment. Using dental cement, we secure the crown into place, and your smile is instantly improved.
If you have a damaged tooth at the front of your mouth, a ceramic or porcelain crown is a great option for protecting it while improving the aesthetics of your smile. Call Victor Nitu DDS at (480) 536-8228 today to learn more.