Dental crowns can help you keep your teeth in good shape and even change the way they look. Our Woodstock, IL, dentist, Dr. Whitney Behm, discuss how crowns can help your smile.
Crowns protect your teeth
Crowns are often recommended if you have a crack in your tooth. Because the crack weakens the tooth, it's more likely to eventually break, particularly if you continue to chew with it. A crown supports the tooth and prevents it from breaking. The restorations are made of durable materials that look like tooth enamel, such as porcelain or composite resin. After your tooth is reduced in size slightly at our Woodstock office, the hollow crown is slipped over the tooth and secured with dental cement.
Do you have a broken tooth? Broken teeth can be very uncomfortable. If the exposed edges are sharp, they can cut your gums or mouth. Chewing is also difficult with a broken tooth. Adding a crown to the tooth offers a simple way to restore it and improve your appearance.
If you've recently had a root canal, you'll probably need a crown. Any dental procedure that removes a significant section of tooth structure, such as a root canal or large filling, will weaken teeth. Adding a crown helps you avoid a tooth fracture in the future.
Crowns transform your appearance
Crowns are also a good choice if you're concerned about cosmetic issues. Cracks don't just increase the risk of a fracture, but also mar the appearance of your smile. Adding a crown hides the crack from view. They're often used to conceal minor imperfections that don't affect the health of your tooth, such as discolorations from medication side effects.
Crowns can be used to completely change the way a tooth looks. Sometimes one tooth may be twisted or shaped a little differently than the rest of your teeth. When the tooth is capped with a crown, the uniformity of your smile improves.
Could a crown help renew and restore your smile? Call our Woodstock, IL, dentist, Dr. Whitney Behm, at (815) 337-1932 to find out if crowns are a good choice for you.