Patients who have a damaged, weakened, or severely misshapen tooth can choose from a number of cosmetic and restorative treatments. If a damaged tooth is affecting a patient’s smile and dental functionality, our Knoxville dentist will frequently recommend a dental crown.Candidates for this treatment typically are looking to repair a damaged tooth, enhance their appearance, and improve their bite. Dr. Thomas G. Zarger provides custom-fabricated, highly lifelike porcelain crowns made from the latest dental materials. To learn more about crowns and to find out whether you are a candidate for these restorations, call our office today.
What Are Porcelain Crowns?
Crowns are one of the most common types of dental restorations. To place a crown, Dr. Zarger will carefully reshape the damaged tooth, removing enough of the tooth structure to create a stable base for the restoration. Then he will take impressions of your tooth. Technicians at an offsite lab will use these impressions to create a crown that looks virtually identical to your natural teeth. Then, they will send the restoration back to the office, where Dr. Zarger will check the shape and fit. After making any necessary adjustments, he will attach it to your tooth using dental cement. Typically, you will enjoy completely restored dental function as soon as as the crown is bonded to the tooth.
Signs That a Crown May Be Right for You
Durable all-porcelain dental crowns offer a number of cosmetic and restorative functions.Their applications include:
- Supporting a tooth with a large filling
- Covering a cracked or chipped tooth
- Strengthening a tooth that is too weak to function properly
- Covering a worn or irregularly shaped tooth
- Masking serious intrinsic stains
- Completing a root canal procedure
If you have one or more teeth with significant structural or cosmetic damage and you are looking for a highly lifelike, long-lasting restoration, you may be a candidate for a dental crown.
Signs That a Crown May Not Be Right for You
Although crowns are strong, durable, and look very natural, they are not for everyone. If you have underlying dental conditions, you will need to have these treated before you qualify for a dental crown. For example, gum disease will continue to spread, eventually leading to tooth loss and a receding jawbone. While crowns can restore a tooth that has been damaged by decay, these restorations do not stop the spread of bacteria. You will still need to have a filling or a root canal before you can receive a crown.
At your initial consultation, Dr. Zarger will explain your other restorative and cosmetic options. Although crowns are very effective, the dentist will have to remove a significant amount of your tooth structure to place the restoration. Therefore he may recommend a more conservative treatment. For example, porcelain veneers or dental bonding can cover cracks, chips, and stains. Teeth whitening may be enough to address the aesthetics of your smile, and a simple filling can treat smaller areas of decay. Alternatively, a severely compromised tooth may be too damaged to support a crown. In this case, Dr. Zarger may extract the tooth and replace it with a lifelike restoration such as a dental bridge. Dr. Zarger takes a conservative approach to dentistry. He will always try to save as much of your tooth as possible, while still giving you a fully restored, beautiful smile.
Learn How You Can Restore Your Smile
There is no reason to suffer the embarrassment and inconvenience of a damaged smile. Call Dr. Zarger’s office today to find out if a crown is the best restorative option for you.