Dentistry has advanced significantly over the years, and updated materials and technology open the door to different ways of using traditional dental restorations. Dental crowns are a common type of tooth restoration that dentists place on a damaged tooth to protect and strengthen it.
But today, with aesthetic materials like porcelain and ceramic to choose from, dental crowns are also used to enhance your smile.
How Dental Crowns Protect Oral Health
When decay, trauma, or teeth grinding weaken a tooth, your Kirkland, WA dentist needs to use more than a dental filling to restore it. Dental crowns, also referred to as “caps,” fit over a tooth to add strength so you can chew on the tooth again.
But today, the focus in dentistry is as much on cosmetics as it is protecting and maintaining good oral health. Materials used for dental crowns have improved so much that dentists today often use them to improve a tooth's appearance.
Cosmetic Uses for Dental Crowns
State-of-the-art dental materials like porcelain and ceramic mimic the natural luster and sparkle of a healthy tooth. Since a dental crown completely hides your natural tooth, there are several ways dentists use them to improve your appearance:
- Conceal flaws like cracked, worn-down, or broken teeth
- Cover a severely stained tooth that can’t be whitened
- Hide unattractive dark or discolored silver dental fillings
Your dentist in Kirkland, WA can usually place dental crowns in just two visits, and in a few short weeks, you can be enjoying an improved appearance and renewed confidence!
Contact Our Kirkland, WA Office
Is a cosmetic dental crown an in your future? At Jen Kim Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we place restorations like dental crowns that look so natural no one ever needs to know you’ve had any work done.
Please contact us today to schedule a convenient dental appointment with Dr. Kim so we can get you started.