How Dental Crowns Can Help Your Smile
By Botts Dental Spa
July 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental crowns  

Why would someone need a dental crown?

The popcorn is popping. You have the snacks ready. It’s Friday night and you’re ready to enjoy some treats and watch something entertaining on Netflix. You grab your bowl of popcorn and get cozy. As the movie begins you toss popcorn into your mouth. You bite down and your teeth meet something hard. A kernel. Yikes! Now, you’re dealing with your very own horror movie as you notice that your tooth is cracked or injured. What do you do? Don’t worry; our Collierville, TN, dentist Dr. Jason Botts can help.

What is a dental crown?

A crown is a commonly used dental restoration and this custom-made dental cap is fitted over the visible part of a tooth (or the crown of a tooth). A dental crown will encapsulate the tooth and become its new outer layer. Crowns are placed to protect and strengthen a damaged tooth to,

  1. Prevent further damage to the tooth
  2. Restore functionality back into the tooth
  3. Restore chewing and biting strength back into your smile
  4. Improve the overall shape and appearance of the tooth

In most instances, our Collierville, TN, family dentist will place a dental crown over a broken or damaged tooth to restore it; however, a dental crown is one of the most versatile dental restorations we offer. This means that crowns also come with other benefits and uses, as well.

For example, if you need to undergo a root canal the last step is to crown the tooth with this very same restoration. The crown will support what’s left of the tooth’s structure and prevent the need for an extraction.

If the tooth is also a little misshapen, discolored or cosmetically flawed, getting a dental crown can also improve the overall appearance of the tooth. A crown is tailored to each patient, which means that we will measure your mouth using impressions to gain the exact measurements of the tooth from which to create a perfectly fitted crown. If there are aesthetic issues, a crown can instantly reshape, resize and even brighten the tooth, giving you a more beautiful smile overall.

Need to replace a missing tooth? If so, you probably didn’t know that dental crowns are also part of the tooth replacement process. If you choose to get a dental implant, the implant itself will rest below the gums within the jawbone; however, it will need to support a false tooth (in this case, a dental crown). Crowns are also used to hold a dental bridge in place, so that it can fill gaps with false teeth that are made to look just like your natural teeth.

Dental crowns are amazingly cool and incredibly useful restorations for patients dealing with damaged, infected, injured, or missing teeth. If you want to talk with our Collierville, TN, general dentist about dental crowns then call Botts Dental Spa at (901) 737-2200.