Are you ready to find out whether or not this restoration could preserve your oral health?
If you are dealing with a weak or damaged tooth, a tooth that is seriously malformed or tooth loss then chances are pretty good that you’ll need to turn to one of our Asheville, NC, dentists Dr. Barry Duncan, Dr. Alexander Pence or Dr. Milton Poulos to get a dental crown. Just as the name implies, a dental crown is an oral restoration that resembles a real crown of a tooth and it can be used to cover and protect a tooth, to improve the shape of a tooth or to replace a missing tooth.
Dental crowns are most commonly used when a tooth has been extremely weakened or damaged by a fracture or break, or an infection. A crown can also restore a tooth after a severe cavity in cases where a dental filling may not be able to fully support and restore the tooth. In this case, our Asheville, NC, general dentist will often recommend a crown.
A crown is usually meant to restore function back into a tooth so that it’s strong enough to handle the extreme chewing and biting forces of the jaws without incurring further damage. A crown acts as tooth-shaped armor, protecting the overall structure of the tooth so that it’s nearly as strong and resilient as it was before it was damaged.
Of course, a dental crown also has its cosmetic benefits, as well. If the tooth in question is also a bit smaller, uneven or misshapen compared to the rest of your smile, then a crown can also improve the overall shape and size of a tooth to give you a more symmetrical smile. It can also cover severe discolorations in a tooth to give you a whiter smile.
Plus, getting dental crowns is actually pretty quick and simple. Once we prep the tooth for the crown (this requires us to shave down some enamel so the crown can fit over the tooth) the next step is to take impressions of your mouth to send to a dental lab. It will take about a week for a lab to make your new restoration and once it’s ready you’ll come in one more time so we can permanently cement it into place.
Furthermore, crowns are made to look just like real teeth so you will never have to worry about anyone being able to tell that you are sporting a crown. Crowns are often made from tooth-colored material such as porcelain, ceramic or composite resin, which can be matched to the shade of the tooth to blend right in with the rest of your smile.
If you are dealing with a damaged tooth it’s important that you get the treatment you need right away to prevent further issues from happening. Here at Biltmore Dental Group in Asheville, NC, we pride ourselves on offering the oral prosthetic you need to improve your oral health and also boost your self-confidence.