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How Crowns Can Help Restore Damaged Teeth

Dental crowns provide a simple solution if you have damaged teeth. The restorations, offered by Your Monroe, MI, dentist, Dr. Jeanette Murphy, improve both the appearance and function of your teeth.

How dental crowns work

Dental crowns are hollow restorations that completely cover the top part of teeth. Commonly called caps, crowns are made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, or resin and are cemented on top of your teeth.

Before you receive a crown, your dentist will make your tooth a little smaller. Reducing the size of the tooth ensures a proper fit for your new crown. During your visit to the Monroe dental office, she'll also make an impression of your mouth. The impression serves as a guide for the dental laboratory technicians who will create your new crown.

Crowns restore and protect damaged teeth

Your dentist may recommend a crown if your tooth has fractured or broken. Appearance isn't the only issue if a tooth breaks. Pain may be a problem when the broken ends of the tooth are exposed to the air. Other issues include difficulty chewing and cuts from the sharp edges of the tooth. Your dental crown will restore your tooth's normal appearance and function and end your pain. Crowns are designed to withstand normal wear and tear and may last 10 to 15 years or longer before they need to be replaced.

A dental crown may also be a good option if your tooth is weak. Teeth can weaken with age or become weaker due to a large filling, root canal therapy, or a crack. Unfortunately, fragile teeth can break very easily. If a break would happen to extend into the tooth root, it wouldn't be possible to save your tooth.

Crowns protect and strengthen fragile teeth, preventing breaks. Biting and chewing require strong biting action that could fracture a fragile tooth. A crown absorbs biting forces and spread them evenly over the surface of the restoration, protecting your tooth.

Crowns can also be used to lengthen teeth, hide discolorations and imperfections, or change the appearance of oddly shaped teeth.

Could dental crowns help your smile? Call your dentist in Monroe, MI, Dr. Jeanette Murphy, at (734) 242-4744 to schedule your appointment.