Thanks to dental crowns, it's possible to repair and protect damaged and fragile teeth. Your Independence, MO, dentists, Dr. Richard Mark and Dr. Jeffrey Mark offer dental crowns at Mark Family Dental.
What are dental crowns?
Crowns fit over the tops of damaged teeth, strengthening and protecting them. Also called caps, the dental restorations are made of a variety of durable materials, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and resin. Before you can receive a crown, your tooth must be reduced in size. Making the tooth a little smaller ensures that the hollow crown will fit over the tooth easily.
During your first crown visit to the Independence, MO, dental office, your dentist will make an impression of your mouth after reducing the size of your tooth. The impression serves as a mold and helps dental technicians create your custom crown.
How a crown can help your tooth
The strong biting forces you generate when you chew can fracture or break a cracked or fragile tooth. In addition to cracks, large fillings, or root canal therapy can weaken teeth, making them more likely to break. Weak teeth can also be related to wear and tear or aging.
Adding a crown to a cracked or fragile tooth strengthens it and prevents breaks. When you chew, biting forces are absorbed by the surface of the crown, rather than your tooth.
Crowns can also restore a broken tooth. After you break a tooth, you may be in pain and concerned about your appearance and your ability to chew. Crowns end your pain and restore the normal height, width, and shape of your tooth. Once your crown is cemented to your mouth, you'll be able to eat a variety of foods once again.
Dental crowns can also be used to enhance your appearance. Your dentist may recommend a crown if you want to hide a discolored tooth or change the shape or length of a tooth.
Protect your damaged tooth with a dental crown! Call your dentists in Independence, MO, Dr. Richard Mark and Dr. Jeffrey Mark of Mark Family Dental, at (816) 461-3660 to schedule your appointment.