A Dental crown is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. It protects and strengthens the tooth structure when the tooth cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. There are several types of crowns but porcelain are the most popular. Porcelain crowns are tooth colored and resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years but eventually they may need to be replaced. They are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth, giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
A crown may be needed for several reasons:
- To protect a weak tooth from decay, breaking, or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left.
- To re-shape teeth or cover severely discolored teeth for cosmetic reasons.
- To cover a dental implant
- To make a cosmetic modification.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to a natural tooth. Many people desire a brighter, cleaner, more attractive smile, but have chipped, stained, discolored, unevenly spaced, or slightly crooked front teeth. If this sounds like you, we will be glad to help evaluate your specific situation, listen to the exact changes you have in mind, and show you examples of the end result before any treatment is performed.
Often, porcelain veneers can provide a completely improved and dazzling smile in just a few appointments. The actual treatment usually involves only two visits. The number of pre-operative visits to insure predictable results, depends on the complexity of your situation and the changes you desire. There usually is a follow up visit or two for final adjustments and polishing, and to review instructions for care of your new smile to insure it lasts years and years.