Columbia dentist helps patients improve the look of their smile with porcelain dental crowns
Most people believe that crowns are used only to provide support or to restore teeth that are broken, worn, or badly decayed. While that is certainly true, Dr. Chase Patton, DDS, has helped countless patients improve the appearance of their smile with porcelain dental crowns.
Dental crowns offer oral health and cosmetic benefits
It is well known that missing, cracked, chipped, or severely damaged teeth can hurt your self-confidence. Many people believe that their smile is their greatest asset and when that asset is damaged, it can make patients feel ashamed or hide their smiles. Often, they want an immediate fix that not only provides their teeth proper function but also gives them something to smile about.
Dental crowns are a great solution to providing needed support and improving your smile. Dental crowns, or caps, are placed over a damaged tooth. Crowns can be used for several reasons such as, covering an implant, protecting teeth after a root canal, as an anchor of a dental bridge used in replacement teeth, and to cover teeth that are discolored or misshapen.
The dental crown process
To improve your smile with dental crowns, first impressions of the tooth that will receive the crown must be taken. From this impression, the crown is created out of porcelain. Using porcelain gives the crown strength, durability, and an exact match in shade and shape that provide a natural and appealing look. Once the crown is ready, it will be cemented to the tooth.
With proper care, a porcelain crown can last many, many years if patients follow good oral care practices, such as brushing, flossing, and keeping up with regular visits to the dentist. Additionally, patients should take care to avoid habits such as clenching or grinding the teeth to avoid damaging the crown.
If you are looking for a long-lasting fix to damaged teeth, call Dr. Patton today at (573) 875-7040 to schedule a consultation and find out if dental crowns are the right option for you. Dr. Patton will meet with you, discuss your perceived flaws and desired results, and examine your mouth to determine the best replacement or repair option that will give you the smile you have always wanted.