Dental crowns offer the ideal solution if you've damaged a tooth. Dr. Melinda Kuhn helps her Reno, NV, patients care for their teeth and protect their smiles with dental crowns and other restorations and treatments.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns look just like natural teeth, minus the roots. They're hollow inside, allowing them to slip over teeth easily. Before you receive a crown, your tooth must be reduced in size slightly to to accommodate the thickness of the crown.
Crowns must be durable enough to stand up to daily wear and tear without cracking or breaking. They're made of a variety of tough materials that look just like your tooth enamel, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and resin.
When are crowns recommended?
Your teeth are naturally very strong, but they're no match for a sudden blow to the face or a fall. Accidents and falls can leave your teeth in pieces and expose jagged edges that may cut your mouth. Adding crowns to these teeth in your Reno dentist's office restores their natural shape and length and also improve their function. Thanks to your new crown, you can once again use the crown to chew and bite.
Crowns may also be needed if you crack a tooth on a hard piece of food or object or a crack develops in a tooth restored with a old silver amalgam filling. The crack will most likely turn into a fracture sooner or later if you ignore it. If the fracture is severe, it may extend into your roots, making extraction the only possible choice.
Crowns protect cracked teeth and prevent them from fracturing or splitting. In addition to strengthening and stabilizing cracked teeth, they may also be used to protect brittle teeth or those that have been weakened by root canal therapy or other dental treatments.
Crowns are not only used to protect and restore damaged teeth, but offer a good option if you want to improve the appearance of your teeth. They're a good choice if you have a discolored or short tooth or don't like the shape of a tooth.
Protect your damaged teeth with dental crowns! Call Reno, NV, dentist Dr. Melinda Kuhn at (775) 829-9331 to schedule your appointment.