What are Dental Crowns?
There are many ways that Allan S. Thomas and his staff can use cosmetic dentistry services to improve your smile. Two effective options are dental crowns and dental bridges. A dental crown is a method for restoring a tooth that has decayed, worn down, or cracked and cannot be corrected with a tooth filling. Your tooth crown is the visible portion of your tooth above the gum line. Dr. Thomas and his staff can place a dental crown or an artificial replacement for your tooth crown that looks as natural as the rest of your teeth.
Dental Bridges Restore Smiles and Confidence for Patients in Salt Lake City
When are Dental Crowns Needed?
In some instances, an old dental filling may have expanded and contracted over time. This can cause it to separate from the tooth, which can cause the tooth to become damaged or weakened.The distorted filling eventually causes a small opening between itself and the tooth, which invariably results in decay. If the filling is not replaced by a dental crown, the tooth may crack and bring on more serious problems and discomfort.
A dental bridge literally bridges the gap created by a missing tooth and then links a false tooth in between the two crowns. This dental bridge fills the empty space of the missing tooth. Bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Other cosmetic dentistry options for replacing teeth include dental implants or implant supported dentures.
The appearance of dental crowns is one of the main reasons they are chosen by our patients. These crowns are all-porcelain and look much like your teeth, so they give your mouth the beautiful natural look you want. In addition to looking great from a cosmetic standpoint, porcelain crowns are also very strong and are designed to replicate your natural tooth’s strength and function. Porcelain crowns also help stop the spread of decay and correct any structural damage.
A strategically placed crown can also improve the alignment of your bite, thereby preventing other teeth from shifting, and evenly distribute the pressure placed upon your teeth when you bite or chew.
To get your dental crown and bridges, call Dr. Allan S. Thomas today at 801-322-4900. Our office is located in Salt Lake City.
Porcelain crown placement typically involves two visits. Your tooth is prepared and shaped, and then impressions are taken and sent to a dental lab. The lab creates a model from your impressions and crafts a porcelain crown to fit over your tooth. This crown is then bonded to your tooth.
Other than a little sensitivity for a few days, the procedure itself is very comfortable.
Caring for a Porcelain Crown
All-porcelain crowns are very strong and durable. In many instances they will outlast the biting capacity of your natural teeth, but they still require the same daily care that you give your normal teeth.
With porcelain crowns, Dr. Allan Thomas can give you a healthy and beautiful smile. If you live in Salt Lake City or Sugar House, Utah, we invite you to contact Dr. Allan Thomas for an initial consultation.