Crowns may not look impressive, but they're one of the most versatile dental restoration available. The same restoration that protects your tooth can also transform its appearance. Our Clifton, NJ, dentist, Dr. Toan Bui, provides a range of dental services and restorations that will help you maintain your smile, including crowns.
Are they crowns or caps?
You may be more familiar with the term "cap," but no matter what you call the restoration, it offers important benefits for your oral health. Crowns are hollow inside and look like the part of your teeth visible when your smile. They're designed to fit over your teeth and are cemented in place. Your new crown may be made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, or resin. These materials look like tooth enamel and are available in a variety of shades that match common tooth colors.
When are crowns recommended?
Crowns are used to enhance, protect or restore teeth and may be used if you:
- Break a Tooth: It's difficult, and often painful, to try to chew with a broken tooth. Broken teeth also detract from your appearance. Adding a crown to the tooth eases your pain and restores the normal height and width of your tooth.
- Damage a Tooth: Damaged teeth are more likely to become fractured teeth. Damage may occur if you fell and hurt your tooth, received a blow to the face during a Clifton sporting event or cracked a tooth. Without the addition of a crown, your tooth may eventually break. If the break is severe or extends into the root, it may not be possible to save the tooth.
- Have a Dental Procedure: Dental procedures, such as large fillings or root canal therapy, weaken teeth, making them more likely to fracture. Crowns add a layer of protection that decreases stress on your tooth.
- Want to Change the Way Your Tooth Looks: Crowns conceal imperfections that can detract from your smile. A crown is an excellent choice if one of your teeth has become discolored. It's also a good option if a tooth is shorter than the others or is crooked, pointed, or just shaped a little differently.
Could you benefit from a dental crown? Call our Clifton, NJ, dentist, Dr. Bui, at (973) 458-9899 to schedule your appointment.