Crowns Can Restore the Look and Strength of Your Teeth and Smile
Most people will experience damage to the surface (enamel) of their teeth at some point. Teeth become cracked, chipped or discolored due to severe trauma, decay, or the natural effects of day-to-day wear. When decay or damage to the surface of a tooth becomes significant, we can put an attractive protective sheath over it. This restoration is called a “crown.” Instead of metal or porcelain-fused to metal crowns (ones with the thin gray line near the gums), we use full ceramic crowns. Our top-quality US lab manufactures a custom crown from advanced materials. Using digital photography and microscopes, we carefully match the crown to the color of your surrounding teeth. We will never “save” money by using lab work from other countries. At our office, we will only use what we would place in our own mouths.
Would you like to learn whether a dental crown is right for you? Please call (843) 903-3111 today for an appointment with Myrtle Beach cosmetic dentist Dr. Dustin Holladay.
What Dental Crowns Can Do for You
Dental crowns can achieve many cosmetic and restorative goals for your smile. Because of their flexibility, crowns are among the most popular procedures requested in our office. We use dental crowns to:
- Restore badly decayed teeth
- Repair cracked teeth
- Build up small or worn teeth
- Perform cosmetic improvements when veneers aren’t strong enough
- Protect a tooth after a root canal
- Support a dental bridge
- Top a dental implant
Crowns are very powerful. They can save a tooth that might seem lost to you. A tooth topped with a dental crown may maintain beautiful, healthy function for years, even decades.
However, not every tooth can be saved with a crown. When damage to the tooth extends to the foundation (root) of the tooth, a bridge or dental implant may be a better solution. Dr. Holladay will discuss your options for restorations with you after an initial examination. All of our crowns and/or implants are made by labs in the United States.
The Porcelain Crowns Procedure
First, Dr. Holladay will remove any decay and shape your tooth to receive a crown. The crown must be thick enough to withstand chewing forces, which means that the natural tooth below the crown must be reduced.
He will then take an impression of your tooth and note how your teeth fit together. We will fit you with a temporary crown while skilled technicians construct your permanent crown in the lab.
On a second visit, we take off your temporary crown and carefully check the fit of the new crown. We will then bond the final crown in place, restoring the tooth to its natural strength, appearance and function.
Are You Looking for a Quality Crown?
While every dentist will offer dental crowns, not every dentist offers the same high-quality crown. Many dentists will only offer metal or porcelain fused to metal crowns. However, we believe in offering only crowns that we would put in our mouth. Therefore, we offer crowns made from the advanced e.max material–ten times as strong as tooth enamel and capable of withstanding the strongest bite force without chipping or cracking. Plus, all our crowns are made in the US at top labs in the area.
If you’re looking for a strong, attractive dental crown in Myrtle Beach, please call today for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Dustin Holladay at Carolina Forest Cosmetic Dentistry.