Cavities, uneven teeth due to bruxism, and deep-set stains are just some of the things which can instantly ruin your smile. But if you’re feeling blue while thinking about your grin, dental crowns can give you something to smile about.

belmont dentistWhat are dental crowns?

Crowns are restorations which are custom designed to protect a damaged tooth while improving its appearance. The best thing about a crown is that it preserves your tooth so that you are allowed to retain its function. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps which are custom fitted right over the tooth. For this reason, crowns are sometimes also referred to as caps.

When should you opt for crowns?

There are a number of situations wherein Dr. Fleming of Belmont Dental Care in Scottsdale, AZ might advise you to get crowns. The following list includes some of these:

Extensive tooth decay- A tooth which has undergone severe decay could be difficult to restore with fillings or composite bonding when there isn’t enough of the tooth’s structure remaining to support the restorations.

Fractures- When a tooth has been severly fractured, this could make it difficult for your dentist to restore the tooth through composite bonding techniques. However, crowns are able to cover up these fractures efficiently.

Large cavities- When you have large cavities, your dentist will still perform the routine drill and fill procedure on your teeth. However, if you want to provide maximum protection and sealing for your tooth then you can opt for crowns as well.

Dental implants- Dental implants require the placement of a titanium rod into your gums and deep into your jawbone. However, this titanium rod will have to be covered by dental crowns in order to give the impression and function of a natural tooth and fill in the gap left by the lost tooth.

Root canal treatment- This treatment requires the drilling into the pulp (center) of your tooth and scraping off of nerve tissues in order to remove the pain receptors. The removal of all that tissue can weaken your tooth. In this situation, crowns will help to strengthen the tooth as well as protect it from further decay.

Grinding- Excessive grinding, also called bruxism, can lead to the wearing down of the enamel of your teeth, resulting in uneven teeth. Crowns can be used to protect your teeth from the threat of infection, help you avoid tooth sensitivity and restore the sizes and shapes of your teeth.

Enamel erosion- The enamel can also be destroyed due to prolonged exposure to acids and sugars. Crowns are sometimes indicated in cases of severe enamel erosion.

Dr. Fleming of Belmont Dental Care in Scottsdale, AZ, can create custom crowns for you in just one visit now with CEREC technology. No longer do dental patients have to settle for spending two weeks with an inferior temporary crown before undergoing a second procedure to install the permanent crown. This is just one of the ways Dr. Fleming provides superb services to his Scottsdale, AZ patients.

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