Find out what a dental crown can do for your appearance and your oral health.
While the goal is always to keep your smile as healthy as possible we also know that issues can arise that can cause damage or weakness to your teeth. When this happens it’s important that you turn to our Briarcliff Manor, NY, cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Teitelbaum to find out if your smile could benefit from getting a porcelain crown.
What is a dental crown?
Before knowing why a crown is placed it’s important to first understand what it is. Along with a dental filling, a dental crown is one of the most common dental restorations that our Briarcliff Manor, NY, dentist places. This restoration is designed to look just like the crown of a tooth; however, it’s hollow so that it can fit over a tooth to protect it.
A crown will become the new outer structure for a tooth to preserve its natural structure. Crowns are made from tooth-colored materials such as porcelain, which makes them look just like natural teeth.
Why are dental crowns used?
There are many reasons why our restorative dentist may recommend getting a dental crown. In most cases, a dental crown is designed to fit over a tooth that is damaged or weak to protect it from further damage. Think of a crown as a shield of armor for a tooth. You may need a crown if your tooth:
- Has extensive decay that a dental filling won’t be able to support
- Is broken, fractured, or cracked
- Has an infection and requires root canal therapy
- Is discolored, malformed, or misshapen (crowns offer cosmetic benefits, as well)
Crowns are also a crucial part of replacing missing teeth in adults. If you are getting a dental implant or a dental bridge then you will also need this custom-made restoration. A crown is used to cover an implant to replace a single missing tooth, while two crowns are placed on healthy natural teeth to support your dental bridge, which is designed to fill the gap with a false tooth.
If you want to find out if your smile could benefit from getting dental crowns then it’s time to call our Briarcliff Manor, NY dental practice to schedule a consultation with us. Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry prides itself on providing beautiful and lifelike dental restoration to improve your smile’s appearance.