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Considering their lifetime of use, teeth can become damaged due to injury or tooth decay. When this happens, the patient and their dentist must decide if the tooth can still be saved and how much of it can be. A dental crown is a means of saving an existing tooth and also repairing it so that it can be used for biting and chewing while also restoring the appearance of your smile.

Crowns are custom-made by your dentist to match your existing teeth and cover the damaged tooth from the chewing surface down to the gum line. Dr. Stacey Hall of Williamsburg Center Dental Health in Williamsburg, VA can create and place crowns for her patients for both medical and cosmetic purposes. While you may have heard about dental crowns, you may not really understand how they can help your smile both look and function better.

At our Williamsburg practice, Dr. Hall wants her patients to understand the treatment options available to them and their advantages. Read on to learn more about the benefits of dental crowns and how they can help refresh and restore your smile.

Crowns help relieve discomfort.

Dr. Hall often uses dental crowns to finish off a restorative treatment, repairing damage to a tooth’s enamel or structure. If you are dealing with extensive tooth decay, an infection of a tooth’s root, or an injury to your tooth enamel such as a fracture, chip, or break, you may feel discomfort when you eat or drink. If the problem has progressed far enough

, you may have constant discomfort.  Once Dr. Hall addresses the underlying issue with your tooth with an appropriate treatment (filling, root canal, etc.), the remaining portion of the tooth may still be vulnerable to further damage or discomfort. A dental crown can shield your tooth against further damage while also reducing sensitivity.

Crowns are a simple procedure.

You might think that having dental crowns installed would be a complicated or intense procedure. But, this treatment is minimally invasive and relatively straightforward. Once your enamel has been cleaned and the damaged parts restored or removed, Dr. Hall will shape your tooth so that it can support a crown. Next, she will make a mold of your tooth from which your crown will be cast. This process will usually take about two weeks from start to finish. You will be given a temporary crown while you wait to preserve your appearance and ability to eat. When it’s ready, Dr. Hall will place it over your prepared tooth and it will be held in place with a strong bonding cement.

Crowns are custom-made for you.

Dr. Hall and our dental lab team will design your dental crown according to the shape, size, and hue of your existing tooth. Once the slight soreness around the area abates, you will most likely forget you even have a crown and most people probably won’t be able to notice unless you tell them.

Crowns can restore the appearance of teeth.

Dental crowns are mainly intended to restore teeth to health and alleviate dental discomfort, but they also offer numerous cosmetic benefits. Because they fit over the existing tooth, they can instantly correct discoloration, staining, misshapen teeth, crookedness, chips, cracks, fractures, and more. Therefore, crowns can be used to alter some purely cosmetic issues, much like porcelain veneers and cosmetic bonding, however, having the treatment for this purpose may not be covered by your insurance. Consult with Dr. Hall’s dedicated staff about what your insurance will and will not cover.

Crowns last many years.

Dr. Hall uses strong materials to create our patients’ dental crowns. With conscientious care such as daily brushing and flossing, as well as routine examinations and cleanings at Williamsburg Center Dental Health or your area dentist, these prosthetic teeth can last between 15 and 30 years.

Enjoy the Advantages of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns can help you restore and enhance your smile and Williamsburg Center Dental Health would like to help you receive these benefits if you need them. If you’re in the Williamsburg, VA area, contact us online or call 757.216.9873 to find out more about these treatments or any others or to schedule a routine cleaning.