Dentists can truly transform teeth into a truly beautiful smile in a matter of office visits. By using cosmetic procedures, dentists can correct or beautify even the most damaged teeth. You may wonder how. How do dentists perform their magic and perfect damaged teeth? Well, the answer is simple: crowns.
We don’t mean golden crowns fit for a king — although crowns can come in a gold color. We mean crowns for damaged teeth. Crowns come in four varieties: stainless steel, porcelain, resin, and ceramic. There are pros and cons to every type of crown, as each are made with different materials that have alternate effects on the teeth. However, a type of crown that has many positive effects on the teeth is a porcelain crown.
Porcelain crowns are chiefly used in the field of dentistry, as they are easily camouflaged into your teeth. The porcelain can be colored to match the shade of your natural teeth, so your whole smile looks uniform. When crowns are made with metals, the smile can look odd in pictures, as there will be gaps of color where there should not be. Porcelain crowns are the best of both worlds because they are easily disguisable, yet strong like the metal crowns. In fact, technically porcelain crowns have a little bit of metal in them as there is a metal structure underneath the coating of porcelain. There are also all porcelain crowns that can be administered if you do not want metal-based crowns.
The structure of the crown is determined by your dentist. A crown takes about two visits to complete; the first is to create the mold for the new tooth and the second is to put the crown on. While at your first visit, the dentist will fill your damaged tooth and inspect what the crown will look like and how much it will need to be supported. Using a fast-drying paste, the dentist will then take an impression of your damaged tooth and the teeth surrounding it. The dentistry lab will then make a permanent crown for your tooth. However, you won’t receive the new crown until your second visit. Between visits, your dentist will supply you with a temporary crown as you wait for your permanent one to be made.
During your second visit, your dentist will remove your temporary crown. After the temporary crown is out of your mouth, the permanent one will be placed on your tooth. It may take some time before you get used to the permanent crown. However, after a few days the new crown will look and feel just like the tooth you had before — only correctly shaped.
If you are interested in beautifying your teeth into a radiant smile, you might want to consider visiting a dentist. If you have any damaged teeth, perhaps receiving a crown would be a good idea. If you have teeth that need dental care, look no further than Andrew S. Curry D.D.S.! Visit our practice online today!