By James L. Pyle, DDS
February 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Discover how this simple restoration could do wonders for how your smile crowns

By now, most people know what a dental crown is. This restoration is specially made to look just like a real tooth   and is used to improve the health, appearance and function of one or more teeth. From the office of our Durham, NC, dentist, Dr. James Pyle, learn more about dental crowns and why they are used.

A dental crown is designed to fit over the entire visible portion of a tooth. In most cases, a crown is meant to restore strength and complete function back into a damaged or weakened tooth that may continue to get worse if left untreated. Those with teeth that are severely damaged by decay, or those with teeth that have an infection or have experienced direct trauma/injury, should strongly consider getting a dental crown from our Durham general dentist.

Of course, a crown may also be used to boost the appearance of one or more teeth. If you have teeth that are seriously malformed, misshapen or discolored then dental crowns will be able to hide all of these issues and give you a more attractive smile. While there are certainly other cosmetic ways to hide issues, if your imperfections tend to be rather severe or if other issues also affect the integrity or structure of the tooth then a dental crown may be your best option.

A dental crown may also be used over natural teeth to support a dental bridge and to keep it fixed in place. A crown is also placed over a dental implant to restore missing teeth. There is truly so much that dental crowns can do for your smile.

Crowns can be made from different materials, and the type of crown you get will depend on several factors such as what tooth needs to be treated, your budget and cosmetic needs. Some crowns are made from metal alloys and are extremely durable, so they tend to be used most often on back teeth. Crowns that are made from tooth-colored materials offer a more realistic appearance and are ideal for front teeth, which are more visible.

Whether you have questions about getting dental crowns in Durham, NC, or you just need to schedule your routine cleaning, Dr. Pyle is here to provide you with the dental care you need. Give us a call today!