By James Pechloff, DDS
September 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Versatile crowns offer many benefits for your smile. In fact, the restorations can be used to enhance and protect teeth. Your Wauwatosa, WI, dentist, Dr. James Pechloff, can help you decide if crowns are a good option for you.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are hollow restorations that fit over the tops of teeth. They're cemented to your teeth and are made of a variety of durable materials, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and ceramic.

The first step in the crown process involves preparing your tooth to ensure that the restoration fits over it easily. Dental crowns are custom restorations made in dental laboratories from impressions of your mouth.

While you wait for the lab to complete your permanent crown, you'll wear a temporary crown for a week or two. Permanent crowns are attached with dental cement and don't move or slip when you chew and bite.

Can dental crowns help me?

Dental crowns are often used to:

  • Improve Strength: Teeth can weaken or crumble with age, or may become fragile due to large fillings, root canal therapy or cracks. Adding a crown to at-risk teeth prevents them from breaking. Every time you take a bite of food, the pressure is absorbed by your crown.
  • Restore Fractured Teeth: Fractures and breaks are unsightly, uncomfortable and interfere with your chewing ability. Crowns restore the natural shape and height of your teeth and cover the jagged edges.
  • Replace Missing Teeth: Crowns are an essential part of bridges used to replace missing teeth. If you restore your tooth with a dental implant, a crown will be attached to the top of the implant. Dental implants fuse to your jawbone and serve as the roots for your new teeth.
  • Enhance Appearance: Crowns are often used to conceal discolored teeth, change the shape of a tooth or extend its length. Your Wauwatosa dentist chooses a crown color that matches the shade of nearby teeth to ensure that your restoration blends in with your smile.

Improve your smile with dental crowns! Call our Wauwatosa, WI, dentist, Dr. James Pechlof, at (414) 475-5505 to schedule your appointment.