Dental crowns are commonly used for general and cosmetic dental issues. Patients who need to restore a tooth that is decayed or damaged or those who want to change the shape or appearance of a tooth frequently use dental crowns to achieve their goal.
Dental crowns have several purposes. First they can be used to change the appearance of a tooth. For example, if a patient has a tooth that is badly stained or discolored and teeth whitening hasn’t worked or can’t be used, a crown can be placed on top of the tooth to cover the stains and improve the tooth’s appearance. Because crowns can be created to be an exact match of the surrounding teeth, dental crowns are often invisible to a person’s family or friends.
Dental crowns can also be used to protect a tooth that is weak or damaged. Over time a cavity that goes untreated can cause damage and decay in the tooth. When this decay is too big to be restored with a filling, a crown will give the tooth the form and function that the patient needs. Similarly, crowns are also used in conjunction with root canals to provide support after the infection has been cleaned out from inside the tooth.
Finally, crowns can also be used as a replacement tooth in conjunction with dental implants. The dental implant is simply a replacement tooth root. It’s a small metal rod that is inserted into the jawbone. A crown is then attached to the implant which gives the appearance and the function of the natural tooth. Patients who opt for an implant and crown find that they can speak clearly, smile happily, and eat all of their favorite foods.
When considering dental procedures, cost is often a factor. While the Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry office understands patients’ financial concerns, it’s important to note that most dental problems don’t get better on their own. Over time, small restorations could become larger problems. Our team will help you determine the cost and insurance coverage, if applicable.
Patients in Bolingbrook can turn to Dr. Terry Vines and the team at Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry for a consultation and examination to determine if a dental crown procedure is right for their situation.