Dental crowns restore teeth that were previously too weak or worn down to perform normal biting and chewing functions to resume their abilities once again. Here at our office in Columbia, SC, our dentist, Dr. Joel Johnson, uses crowns to protect, strengthen, and restore your teeth—read on to learn more!
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are hollow tooth-like caps that fit over damaged teeth, completely encapsulating them to protect against further damage or wear-and-tear. By giving damaged teeth a strong, new exterior, crowns make it possible for normal biting and chewing functions to resume without pain or sensitivity.
Additionally, dental crowns can also be used to securely hold bridgework in place when replacing missing teeth. Dental crowns are placed on each end of a dental bridge containing pontics or artificial teeth. The crowns fit over existing teeth on either side of the space where teeth are missing and hold the dental bridge in place. At our office in Columbia, SC, Dr. Johnson can discuss if crowns are right for your situation.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
The benefits of dental crowns are numerous. They can be used to restore damaged teeth, replacing missing ones, and even improve the appearance of teeth with cosmetic concerns. Examples of cosmetic issues that can be improved by placing a dental crown over the affected tooth include:
- Stains and discolorations
- Chipped or cracked areas
- Misshaped teeth
- Crooked teeth
Another exciting benefit of dental crowns is that they look just like natural teeth. In fact, once in place, you will not be able to tell the difference between the dental crowns and your other teeth. One of the reasons dental crowns look so natural is that each crown is custom made. The color, size, and shape can all be customized to ensure each dental crown fits perfectly in place and readily blends in with the surrounding teeth.
Need Dental Work? Give Us a Call
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson, call our office today at (803) 788-2555.