Dental Crowns Help Strengthen Damaged Teeth

By Denise A. Perrotta, D.M.D.
May 31, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Find out how this restoration will be able to fix a broken tooth.

Imagine a world in which the only way to treat a damaged tooth was to remove it. Unfortunately, this was common Dental Crownspractice until modern dentistry discovered that a dental crown could actually protect the tooth and prevent it from needing to be extracted. If your Winston Salem, NC dentist Dr. Denise Perrotta has recommended a dental crown, find out more about this restoration and how it can improve your smile.

What is a dental crown?

This dental restoration looks just like the crown of a natural tooth. This hollow artificial restoration is designed to fit over your tooth to strengthen it and restore function. Crowns can also improve the aesthetics of a tooth by changing the shape, color or size of it.

There are different kinds of crowns to choose from and your Winston Salem cosmetic dentist will be able to tell you which one will better suit your needs. Sometimes a metal amalgam crown is recommended, especially for protecting teeth like molars that sustain more chewing pressure, but tooth-colored crowns made from porcelain are more aesthetically ideal for front teeth, which are more visible when smiling.

How does it help a damaged tooth?

A dental crown is made from strong, resilient material like porcelain or metal amalgam and when it is cemented over a tooth it provides additional coverage and protection against damage. Of course, a weak or damaged tooth may only get more damaged over time, but a dental crown is designed to prevent this from happening.

How does a tooth become damaged?

There are many factors that may affect the health of your tooth. The most common causes of dental damage include:

  • Decay
  • Infection
  • Direct impact or trauma

If decay is so severe or large that a filling won’t be able to support the tooth then your cosmetic dentist in Winston Salem, NC will recommend getting a dental crown.

If you’re dealing with dental damage there is no reason to worry. Our Winston-Salem cosmetic dentist Dr. Perrotta is here to restore your beautiful smile. Call today to schedule your appointment.

 

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