Do you have a decaying, cracked or damaged tooth? Or you may be unaware of these problems lurking within your teeth. You are not alone! Aside from fillings, dental crowns are the most common restorative procedure in general dentistry. It’s no wonder…the effects of decayed, cracked and damaged teeth can be daunting—difficulty chewing, pain and discomfort, and even a lack of self confidence. Crowns provide comfortable long-term replacements using modern and aesthetic materials to restore your smile.
Why Repair Teeth with Crowns?
A dental crown can be used on top of a natural tooth or on top of an implant. It is a tooth-like cap structure that covers a compromised tooth or an artificial tooth root (implant). Crowns are utilized in a variety of ways, but the most common use is when a decaying tooth does not have enough remaining structure to properly retain a large filling. A crown will help strengthen the tooth to protect it from breaking.
If you have a tooth with significant structural damage, dental crowns offer the following benefits:
- Matches the natural and beautiful condition of your teeth
- Protects a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment
- Easy to care for with no need for removal or special cleaning
- As strong as natural tooth structure
- Restores the structural integrity of your tooth
- Can help prevent cracks from travelling further into your tooth
- Removes “patch-work” fillings that are just holding the tooth together
- It is the final step in the single-tooth implant process
Our Approach to Crowns
At Smile Hilliard, we focus on preserving your existing teeth whenever possible. If you are experiencing significant discomfort from tooth decay or have a damaged or misshaped tooth, a crown is often the simplest and least invasive way to restore your teeth. A crown will reestablish the structural integrity and health of your teeth—so much so that it will seem as though it never had damage in the first place.
During your visit you’ll receive a thorough exam and consultation that outlines your options. Our state-of-the-art imaging technology will illustrate any structural problems your teeth may be facing, and we will share with you any issues we see. Together, we’ll carefully consider your concerns and oral health goals to plan out a course of treatment that prioritizes your long-term dental health, immediate comfort, and aesthetic desires.