A dental crown at Lifetime Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry can repair imperfections in your smile. A crown can provide strength to a tooth weakened by damage, decay or root canal treatment. A severely broken or cracked tooth can’t be fixed with a traditional filling. Sometimes there is just not enough remaining healthy enamel to place a filling. In addition, filling materials are not as strong as a dental crown.
At Lifetime Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry, tooth removal is the very last option we explore. For a jaw to remain healthy, it requires teeth to be in place for structure, stimulation, and stability. One or more missing teeth leave gaps in the mouth and in the jaw bone. Without roots to support, the bone will start to deteriorate. A dental crown will protect the root and cover a damaged tooth or one that has been treated with root canal therapy.
In addition, crowns serve as prosthetic teeth over dental implants. The dental crown is the visible replacement tooth that gets placed over the titanium post. In this case, the crown supports the jaw bone and the existing teeth.
In cosmetic dentistry, dental crowns are used to restore healthy smiles. Cracked, broken, chipped, misshapen, or badly discolored teeth can be fixed with crowns. We use dental crowns at Lifetime Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry for the following purposes:
Two office visits are required to place a dental crown. The first phase involves preparing the tooth for placement of the cosmetic crown. While the patients are under local anesthesia, the tooth being treated is cleaned thoroughly and reshaped. CEREC equipment is used to create a 3-D image of the affected tooth. Once the milling process is completed a temporary crown is fixed in place and polished. A second visit is required to place the permanent crown.