Can dental crowns improve the appearance of natural teeth?

dental crowns RoslynYour smile can suffer from any number of aesthetic flaws, such as chips, cracks or stains. A severely damaged tooth or an undersized one can detract from the smile, as well.

When these problems occur, dental crowns can enhance the appearance of biological teeth that are less attractive than the patient would like. These tooth-shaped caps can conceal a variety of defects, and they are particularly useful when the damage is too significant to be obscured by a more conservative restoration, such as dental bonding or porcelain veneers.

Because they are made of materials that mimic biological tooth enamel, dental crowns are remarkably lifelike. They can be designed to the patient’s unique specifications so that they will blend in with the smile.

Patients can work with a prosthodontist to get dental crowns to restore their smiles. Prosthodontists are dental specialists who focus specifically on restorations. This more narrow practice of dental medicine gives prosthodontists a level of expertise in creating devices with a very natural appearance.

When examining the tooth (or teeth) and planning for the crown placement, the prosthodontist will thoroughly inspect the targeted tooth as well as its neighbors to determine the appropriate specification for the crown, including the size, shade and shape.

The prosthodontist will prepare the tooth by removing a layer of enamel in order to make room for the crown. When the crown is ready to be placed, it will be bonded to the tooth using a strong dental cement.

Under ideal conditions, dental crowns can last for many years. During your treatment planning process, talk to our team about appropriate care for your dental crowns to be sure that you can maximize the lifespan of the devices.

If you are dissatisfied with your smile, you may be able to improve it significantly in a relatively short period of time. Contact NorthShore Restorative & Implant Dentistry at 516-484-6394 to see if dental crowns can give you the treatment results that you want.