Dental Crowns & Other Solutions for Painful, Unsightly Issues
If you’ve ever chipped or broken a tooth, we wouldn’t be surprised. Though our teeth are strong, they are not indestructible. Sometimes we have to use artificial or synthetic materials to keep them strong, healthy, and looking good. This is what we call cosmetic dentistry. While some of these are strictly cosmetic, others can have health benefits. Regardless, we can help. Some of the most common kinds of cosmetic dentistry include crowns, bridges, veneers, and dentures.
If you’re in need of one of these helpful, cosmetic dental procedures, our team at Lee Trevino Dental can help you.
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap a dentist places over the problematic tooth. This cap restores size, shape, and strength. When applied, the crown covers the entire visible portion of the tooth. Dentists use crowns in several instances. Often, a crown is used to protect a weak tooth from decay, to restore a broken tooth, or to cover a tooth with a large filling. A large filling can cause a tooth to be weak or prone to cracking. If a tooth with a large filling shows signs of cracking or fracturing, a dentist may decide to replace it with a crown.
Dentists often apply crowns to hold a dental bridge in place, cover a dental implant, or make a cosmetic modification. They also help with root canals. Dental crowns are made from several different materials. Generally, they will perfectly match the appearance of the natural tooth. Most people won’t notice a difference! Often times they are made out of metal, porcelain, ceramic, or resin.
Patients will sometimes ask if they really need a crown. If a patient has a cracked, painful tooth, a crown will not only make the tooth look better, but it will also help resolve the problem. Some patients request a filling instead, but getting a filling doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t need a crown later down the road. Fillings simply don’t offer the protection that crowns do. If the filling is large, it could cause the tooth to crack, which is why we often opt for dental crowns instead.
In some cases, you might lose a tooth or need to have a tooth extracted because of significant damage or infection. Dentists often apply a dental bridge to “bridge” a gap between teeth. A bridge consists of a crown for the two adjacent teeth and a false tooth in between. Bridges serve several purposes. They can be used to keep teeth from drifting out of position or to properly distribute a person’s bite force. They also restore the appearance of one’s smile and make it more comfortable to speak and chew. Losing a tooth doesn’t have to be the end of a perfect smile or your ability to chew. There’s a permanent option if you lose your teeth because of irreversible issues that can restore both beauty and function.
Veneers are thin coverings that can be added to teeth to improve their appearance. While only cosmetic, veneers are great because they can give you more confidence in your smile, especially if you struggle with yellow or damaged teeth. We work with porcelain veneers, aiming to make them look natural and the same color as your real teeth, so they look as natural as possible. This way, your smile can be more beautiful than ever before.
Contact Lee Trevino Dental Today!
If you need a crown, bridge, or anything in between, our dentist and dedicated staff can help. Contact our office today to set up an appointment. We look forward to helping you!