How dental crowns from your dentist in Hingham, MA, can strengthen your smile
There are many things that can damage your teeth, whether it be a sudden sports injury or a nasty habit like grinding your teeth. In these cases, sometimes a dental filling just isn’t enough to repair the damage—that's where dental crowns come in. Read on to learn how your dentist, Dr. John M. Burns in Hingham, MA, uses dental crowns to restore your teeth and strengthen your smile!
A dental crown strengthens your tooth by covering the entire visible structure above the gumline. The crown encases your tooth completely, spreading out the biting force and pressure, thus keeping your tooth from breaking. A dental filling doesn’t provide the same level of protection, because it only covers part of your tooth. In fact, dental fillings can actually weaken your teeth by dividing them up into sections, making the structure more prone to breaking.
Strength is only one benefit of dental crowns—they can also make your teeth more beautiful. That’s because one of the most common crown materials is porcelain, which is light-reflective, just like tooth enamel. In fact, a full porcelain crown is so lifelike, it is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Full porcelain is the most aesthetically beautiful crown material, but sometimes you need a bit more strength. For increased strength, you can choose a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, known as a PFM crown. These crowns combine the beauty of porcelain with a sturdy metal framework to give you both strength and beauty.
If you have damaged teeth, you owe it to yourself and your self-confidence to restore your smile with dental crowns. To learn more about the different types of crowns and what they can do for your smile, talk with an expert. Call Dr. John M. Burns, your dentist in Hingham, MA, today by dialing (781) 749-6750.