Posts for: February, 2014
By Peter Silberstein, DMD
February 21, 2014
Do you have damaged teeth due to trauma or decay? If you have a damaged tooth, you might be a candidate for dental restorations to strengthen your teeth. Crowns are an appropriate solution to restoring function and aesthetics when needed. The use of full coverage restorations by your Boynton Beach dentist refers to the restoration of natural teeth that have been damaged, or decayed.
For patients in Boynton Beach, a crown may be created to restore an individually damaged tooth back to its original form and function. These restorations are placed onto your teeth and are often referred to as “fixed” dentistry as opposed to a restoration of missing teeth with removable appliances or partial dentures.
Crowns: The Basics
Dental crowns are synthetic caps, which are usually fabricated of a material such as porcelain, and placed on the top of a tooth. They are used to restore your tooth to its normal shape and size, as well as to strengthen and improve the appearance of a tooth. For our patients: crowns are necessary when a tooth is broken down and fillings won’t solve the problem. If a tooth is cracked, a crown holds the tooth together to seal the cracks, preventing the damage from becoming worse. In addition, crowns can be used to provide support for a large filling, attach a bridge, protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore fractured teeth or to cover badly shaped and discolored teeth.
Our Boynton Beach, FL dentist may recommend a crown to:
- Replace a large filling when there is not enough tooth remaining.
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing.
- Restore a fractured tooth.
- Attach a bridge.
- Cover a dental implant.
- Cover a poorly shaped tooth.
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment.
The main goal is to create a restoration that looks like a natural tooth and provides strength for the tooth root. This is why Dr. Peter Silberstein, our dentist in Boynton Beach, takes an impression of your teeth. In order to achieve a desired look, a number of factors need to be considered: color, bite, shape and length of your natural teeth.
Any of these factors can significantly affect your appearance. If you are looking for a specific cosmetic look for your crown, communicate with Dr. Silberstein your expectations. When the procedure is complete, your teeth will not only be stronger, but they will be more attractive as well.