Knoxville dentist describes how to protect teeth with dental crowns
At Sequoyah Dental Arts in Knoxville, we speak candidly with patients about improving the aesthetics, health, and function of their smiles. We provide everything from preventative to restorative dentistry for new and existing patients. When patients visit us interested in learning how to protect broken or weakened teeth, we often encourage them to consider the placement of dental crowns.
Dental crowns are made of ceramic and are fabricated to match the existing teeth. The new restoration blends in with the remaining teeth for natural, beautiful results. Crowns are sometimes called “caps” and are used for coverage of the existing tooth structure. Our dental team prepares the tooth by filing down the outside enamel. Then, impressions are made and our quality dental ceramist fabricates crowns that fit precisely. The dentist cements the crown over the tooth. The process can take several weeks. While patients wait for their final restoration to arrive from the ceramist, they wear a temporary crown.
Crowns give teeth another layer of protection they would otherwise not have. A dental crown may break while keeping the tooth underneath it from damage. A crown is easily replaced – a natural tooth is not. The dental crown becomes a barrier for the tooth and keeps it intact after becoming weak or damaged due to injury, root canal therapy, or large areas of decay.
Dental crowns are used in other ways at Sequoyah Dental Arts. They are bonded to false teeth called pontics to fabricate dental bridges. Bridges are tooth replacement options that use the adjacent teeth for support. The crowns on each end are bonded in place and provide an anchor for the dental bridge. Dental crowns are also fabricated to bond over a dental implant. This is done when replacing single teeth and is yet another method in which dental crowns are used in the dental practice.
The team at Sequoyah Dental Arts believes in providing patients in the Knoxville community with solutions for their smiles. Patients interested in repairing their teeth and enjoying long-term restorations are welcome to book an appointment at our practice by calling 865 973-9899 today.