Teeth are amazingly strong. In fact, enamel is the strongest element in the human body; however, even teeth can become susceptible to damage thanks to everything from decay to everyday wear-and-tear. Luckily, when a tooth does get damaged our New Paltz, NY dentist Dr. Heidi Wettels has a simple, reliable solution that will help restore your smile.
A broken foot or finger will need a cast to protect it while it heals. When a tooth is damaged or weak it will also need something to protect it. In this regard, you can think of a crown as a cast for your tooth. Unfortunately, while a traditional cast is removed once a broken bone has healed, a damaged tooth will not be able to heal itself. Once damage has been done to the enamel of a tooth it is permanent.
However, don’t worry; a dental crown will provide your tooth with the protective outer layer it needs to not just prevent further damage but also to fully restore biting and chewing. After all, a weak tooth will eventually become weaker from just the amount of force needed to chew or bite each and every day. A crown will prevent further damage to the tooth.
A dental crown is shaped just like a real tooth and creates a barrier around it, fully supporting the tooth while also restoring strength and function. A crown can be made from different materials but are most commonly fabricated from tooth-colored materials such as porcelain and ceramic, since these most closely resemble real tooth enamel.
Our New Paltz, NY, cosmetic dentist takes great pride in creating realistic and strong restorations that mimic the look and feel of a real tooth. No one will be able to tell the difference between your crown and the rest of your natural smile.
A crown may be placed over a tooth that:
- Is cracked or broken
- Has such extensive decay that a dental filling cannot fully support the tooth
- Is severely weakened by long-term teeth grinding
- Has undergone root canal therapy to remove bacteria or an infection
- Is malformed, misshapen or discolored (to cosmetically enhance the tooth)
A crown is also used to stabilize and hold a dental bridge in place to fill the gaps in your smile caused by tooth loss. If you are missing a tooth and decide to get a dental implant, a crown will also be placed over top of the implant to complete the restoration.
Do you have questions about getting dental crowns? Do you want to find out if a dental crown is what you need to improve the health and appearance of a tooth? If so, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with us. We offer dental offices in New Paltz and Woodstock, NY to serve you better.