Crowns provide stability to weak teeth, especially ones that have been treated with a large filling. They’re small “caps” that cover a tooth, restoring its structural integrity.
Because crowns are custom made specifically for you, they’re designed to blend in beautifully with your smile. Ceramic crowns are also tooth colored, so they’ll be able to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth.
Over time, teeth begin to chip or wear down. This is usually caused by:
Crowns add strength and stability to your teeth, by completely covering over the entire surface of the afflicted tooth. And at West Mill Smiles, we use only the best possible cosmetic option: porcelain.
Of the three types of crowns (the other options are gold and metal-ceramic) porcelain crowns create an appearance virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Ceramic crowns are made of a durable, translucent porcelain. They’re able to capture and reflect light just like natural teeth, which is why we recommend ceramic best out of the three types of crowns (i.e. gold and metal-ceramic).
Ceramic crowns usually take two to three appointments in order to create the most durable and accurate fitting for your tooth. But after the dentist removes a thin layer of tooth for the bonding, and the crown has been perfectly fitted to the tooth, you’ll have a perfectly natural-looking smile!
Metal fillings are placed after removing large parts of the healthy tooth. Over time, you’ll most likely need additional restoration, like a dental crown. This is because the tooth will be weaker and can subsequently crack or fracture. However, with composite resin fillings, we can give you a beautiful, strong smile that lasts!
While amalgam fillings contain mercury, which can be toxic when the fillings are damaged, worn down, or removed, composite resin is completely metal-free. It’s also tooth-colored, blending perfectly with the rest of your smile.
But one of the main benefits of composite resin fillings is they do a great job of preserving more of your natural tooth. After the dentist removed the decay from your tooth, the resin material just needs to be applied, shaped, and bonded to your tooth to create the filling.
Ceramic crowns and composite resin fillings are perfect for looks, and for function. If you want a beautiful, custom dental restoration that will last for years to come, contact us today for a consultation!