Your teeth undergo a tremendous amount of stress during your lifetime. Teeth may show this wear in a variety of ways, including discoloration, chipping and cracking. Crowns restore your teeth and smile to look brilliant once again. Porcelain crowns can be made out of porcelain fused to metal or out of all porcelain and can be shaded to match your existing teeth. After some tooth preparation, crowns are specifically fitted to restore functionality and to enhance the appearance of your smile.
Q: What is a crown and why might I need one?
A: If your doctor has recommended a crown to you, it is likely to either correct a broken tooth or to repair a tooth that has deteriorated due to cavities (decay). The decay in your tooth eats away at healthy tooth structure much like rust eats away at metal. If not removed, decay will deteriorate the tooth to the point where extraction is the only viable treatment option. Sometimes, decay is removed leaving healthy tooth structure, but not much of it. A crown can then be placed, restoring the look and function of
your tooth, while allowing you to keep your natural, underlying tooth structure. Most crowns are precision-milled porcelain and are individually customized for each application in each patient, giving you a natural, long lasting smile.
Q: I just want my smile to look good. What are some options to help the appearance of my smile?
A: You are not alone! Most people want to have a nice smile since it is the first thing others notice about you. You may be interested in a few minor adjustments or you may have concerns that need more attention. Some smiles can be enhanced with simple whitening or bonding treatments. Other smiles need porcelain veneers, crowns or bridges; gum contouring; periodontal therapy or a combination of all these techniques. Drs. Wright, Luckenbaugh, and Townsend will suggest a treatment plan for you based on your goals, your areas of concern, and the overall condition of your oral health.