How a Dental Crown Could Help You

When a dental issue damages or weakens your teeth, crowns offer an excellent solution. Your Anchorage, AK, dentist, Dr. James Driskell, can help you restore broken teeth, strengthen fragile teeth or even improve the appearance of flaws with versatile dental crowns.

Crowns improve appearance and function after a break

Your teeth are tough, but they can still break. A break may happen when you bite into a hard piece of food or fall and hit your face. If your tooth is cracked or crumbling, it may unexpectedly break one day while you're eating.

Broken teeth are unsightly and make chewing difficult. Pain may also be an issue in some breaks. Fortunately, dental crowns provide the ideal way to repair broken teeth.

Hollow crowns, also known as caps, fit over the top of teeth. The restorations restore both the height and width of your teeth, and improve your appearance and your ability to use your teeth to chew and bite. Since crowns are made from an impression of your mouth, they feel comfortable and look natural.

Before you receive a crown, your tooth is reduced in size at the Anchorage dental office. The reduction ensures a good fit for your restoration. After the tooth is reduced, you'll wear a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.

Dental crowns prevent breaks from occurring

Crowns are often used to protect cracked or fragile teeth from breaking. Your dentist may also recommend a crown if you've recently had a large filling or undergone root canal therapy. Both procedures have important benefits for your teeth but can weaken them.

Crowns strengthen fragile teeth and prevent breaks. Every time, you take a bite of food, the crown absorbs biting forces, helping to protect your tooth.

Crowns also improve imperfections

Because crowns cover the tops of teeth completely, they're a good choice if you have a few flaws. Crowns can make a crooked tooth look perfectly straight, conceal a discolored tooth, or lengthen a short tooth.

Could a dental crown help your smile? Call your dentist in Anchorage, AK, Dr. Driskell, at (907) 278-2521 to schedule your appointment.

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