Dental crowns work wonders for a damaged or otherwise imperfect smile. If there’s something about your teeth you want to change, there’s a pretty good chance that a dental crown will somehow be involved.
At the office of Jennifer Perkins, DDS, we take great care to provide beautiful, high-quality dental crowns that are made specifically for your individual situation. And we know that when your tooth is damaged, the last thing you want is to wait longer than you have to for your permanent restoration. With careful planning, we’re able to cut down on your wait time by starting the process the same day you first come in!
Read on to learn about four ways a dental crown can help improve your smile. Then, if your smile needs a little tender loving care, come visit us at our Huntsville, AL office! Call us at 256-801-0002 to schedule an appointment.
1. Repair A Damaged Tooth.
You may have heard some people refer to dental crowns as “caps.” It’s a pretty fitting nickname because that’s essentially what they do. A dental crown is made to look like a healthier version of your natural tooth, and then the crown is placed over the top of your natural tooth to completely conceal any damage.
Dental crowns are ideal fixes for teeth that are damaged — be they chipped, cracked, or severely decayed. Not only do crowns restore the appearance of broken teeth, but they also help strengthen and support a damaged tooth to improve its health.
When you see Dr. Perkins after you’ve cracked or chipped a tooth, she’ll first assess the health of the tooth and make sure no damage has occurred to the nerves within it. Then, once we determine that your tooth needs a dental crown, we can get the process started that day!
After thoroughly numbing the area, Dr. Perkins will prepare the tooth for the crown. This involves removing a small amount of enamel — just enough to accommodate your restoration. Then, we’ll take an impression of the tooth to serve as sort of a “blueprint” for your crown. We send this information to a trusted dental lab, where expert technicians will craft your custom crown. In the meantime, we’ll likely fit and bond a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth.
When we receive the finished product, we’re ready to place the prosthetic and restore your smile! We’ll place the “cap” over the damaged tooth and cement it in place. After any final adjustments are made, you’re good to leave the office and flaunt your fabulous smile!
2. Replace Missing Teeth With A Dental Bridge.
Missing teeth can cause a lot of problems beyond the obvious cosmetic one. If these teeth aren’t replaced, these gaps can cause neighboring teeth to shift, which in time can affect your bite. The exposed gum is also vulnerable to gum disease.
One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to replace one or more missing teeth is with a dental bridge. A bridge consists of two dental crowns “bridged” by one or more artificial teeth to fill in those gaps. Like dental crowns, bridges are custom-made for your smile so they’ll blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth.
Plus, many people like dental bridges because they’re easy to care for, and they’re more reliable than partial dentures, which function similarly to dental bridges but are typically held in place by clasps or other connector pieces.
As with our dental crowns, we can start the process for your custom dental bridge the first time you come in to have Dr. Perkins examine the missing tooth — and we can have it ready for you in just two visits!
3. Fill In Smile Gaps With Dental Implants
If you’re looking for a teeth replacement option that will give you a greater sense of permanence, dental implants might be the way to go. Dental implants are small cylindrical pieces of metal that act as artificial tooth roots. By allowing you to replace the root of the missing tooth — not just the portion that’s visible when you smile — you’ll enjoy the confidence that comes with knowing your prosthetic isn’t going anywhere.
Dental implants can be topped with dental bridges, but they’re commonly restored with dental crowns. A dental crown anchored by a dental implant is as close as you can get to a brand new tooth!
4. Enhance A Tooth’s Appearance
Sometimes, when you have something that you don’t like to look at, you just have to cover it up. People do it with walls painted unsightly colors all the time. Well, dental crowns allow you to conceal any number of smile insecurities — from shape irregularities to discoloration.
Realize Your Ideal Smile With A Dental Crown
Want to know whether a dental crown can save your smile? Come in for a consultation with Dr. Perkins! You’ll love our attention to detail and the friendliness of everyone in the office. As we like to say, “There aren’t any strangers here, only friends who haven’t met!”