Restorative and Cosmetic Applications for Dental Crowns

Smiling woman wearing gray blazerDental crowns are one of the most widely used treatments in restorative dentistry. There are many different applications for dental crowns. Wilmington dentists Drs. Jeffrey J. Emmi, Laura Dougherty, and Jeffrey Bartoshesky strive to ensure our patients' dental crowns not only serve their various functional purposes, but are also beautiful and long-lasting. Our crowns are made from a range of lifelike materials, and they are custom-crafted to match our patients’ smiles. Thanks to their natural appearance, they can even be used for cosmetic applications. Contact Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates to learn more about how dental crowns can benefit you.

Understanding How Crowns Work

A dental crown is a custom-made restoration. Traditional crowns completely cover a compromised tooth, while implant-supported crowns restore a missing tooth. Crowns can be fabricated from a wide range of materials including noble metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, IPS e.max®, and zirconia. If you are receiving a crown for aesthetic reasons, as well as restorative purposes, a metal crown may not be the optimal choice. Dr. Emmi or one of his associates will help you choose a crown that fits your treatment goals and budget.

To place a traditional crown, your dentist will reshape your tooth to create a strong base for the cap. After our top-notch lab creates your crown, the dentist will attach it with dental cement.

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Dental crowns are used at our Wilmington offices to cover teeth that are weakened or otherwise damaged. They distribute weight evenly in the bite, protecting the natural tooth below. Specialized crowns can also anchor dental bridges to fill the gap left by a missing tooth.

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Restorative Uses for Crowns

Crowns are most frequently used for restorative purposes, and they have a number of functions. Their uses include:

  • Strengthening weakened teeth: Because a crown goes directly on top of a damaged tooth, it can reinforce a weakened outer structure. It can also hold together a cracked tooth.
  • Completing a root canal procedure: During a root canal, your dentist will clean out your infected tooth and fill it with a soft rubber compound. A crown can then restore its appearance and functionality.
  • Covering a large cavity: If you have an unusually large cavity, a filling may not be sufficient to restore your tooth. A crown can completely cover the decayed area and fully strengthen your tooth.
  • Restoring bite alignment: A damaged or missing tooth can disrupt the balance of your bite, increasing your risk for bruxism and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. A crown can restore proper alignment and protect your overall dental health.
  • Replacing a missing tooth: Crowns can support a full dental bridge. They can also top a dental implant for stable, durable restoration.

Cosmetic Uses for Crowns

Lifelike crowns can certainly repair the appearance of a damaged tooth. In other cases, they can also enhance a tooth that is structurally sound but has cosmetic imperfections. For example, a crown can cover a tooth that has dark intrinsic stains that do not respond to bleaching. It can also enhance an irregularly shaped or proportionately small tooth. At Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates, we offer a number of cosmetic treatments. Dr. Emmi, Dr. Daugherty, or Dr. Bartoshesky will provide a complete consultation. After discussing your aesthetic goals, they can determine if a crown is the optimal treatment for you.

Find out How a Crown Can Benefit You

To learn more about the different applications for dental crowns and find out whether they are right for you, contact our office today.  

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