Damage to a tooth can happen in an instant. You take a bite of crusty bread and notice part of your tooth embedded in the crust or take an elbow to the face during a pickup basketball game and hear an ominous cracking sound. Luckily, it's easy to restore and protect damaged teeth with crowns provided by Berkely, MI, dentist Dr. Julie Forte.
Crowns encase teeth with a protective shell
Crowns are made of strong materials that look like your tooth enamel. Hollow porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic or resin crowns fit on top of damaged or broken teeth after their size has been reduced slightly. Crowns are often used to restore the shape, height and width of teeth, prevent damage or even change the appearance of teeth. After your Berkely prepares your tooth, she'll make an impression of your mouth and provide you with a temporary crown that you'll wear while you wait for the dental laboratory to create your permanent crown.
Dental crowns offer several advantages
Dental crowns not only restore damaged teeth but also prevent damage from worsening. If your tooth is cracked or brittle, your dentist may recommend a crown. If you don't get a crown and continue to chew on the tooth, it may eventually fracture or break. Crowns absorb strong forces generated by biting and chewing, protecting the teeth underneath.
If your tooth has broken, a crown will restore the tooth's normal appearance. Although the addition of a crown will help you feel better about your appearance, crowns offer other important benefits, such as:
- Better Biting: It's difficult to chew and bite when part of your tooth is missing. Crowns make the simple act of eating easy again.
- No Cuts: The edges of broken teeth can tear the fragile tissues in your lips or cheeks. Crowns cover the edges, preventing injuries.
- Elimination of Pain: Broken teeth can very painful if the break exposes the pulp. Crowns cover the pulp, ending your pain.
Crowns are also a good choice if you don't like the way a tooth looks. They can be used to lengthen a short tooth, conceal an oddly shaped tooth or hide a discolored tooth.
Protect, restore and enhance your smile with dental crowns! Call Berkely, MI, dentist Dr. Julie Forte at (248) 546-2030 to schedule an appointment.