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When Are Dental Crowns Used?

Dental crowns are used for cosmetic and functional purposes. They can improve the appearance of less than perfect teeth or strengthen dental crownsones that have become damaged. Dental crowns are custom made to fit over an existing tooth like a cap or protective shell. Once installed, dental crowns look just like natural teeth so no one has to know you have them. At Z Dentistry, dental crowns are placed by Dr. George Zatarain, your Reno, NV, cosmetic dentist.

How Dental Crowns Help

Cosmetically, dental crowns can conceal imperfections, such as cracks, discoloration or misshaped teeth. Dental crowns can also be used to strengthen teeth that have been worn down and lost the ability to bite and chew properly. Most back teeth require a crown after a root canal because the tooth can dry out and break once the root is removed.  Following placement of a dental crown, normal tooth functioning is restored.

Crowns are recommended to:

  • Protect a tooth after a root canal
  • Cover a discolored tooth
  • Hold a cracked tooth
  • Covering a tooth that is oddly shaped
  • As part of a dental implant
  • Securing a dental bridge in place

Placing Dental Crowns

A variety of materials can be used to create dental crowns, such as porcelain, ceramic, resin or metal. Dental crowns are custom made for each patient. Your Reno cosmetic dentist will first create a mold of your existing tooth that will be used to create crowns that fit perfectly. The crowns will also be color matched to your existing teeth so that they blend in with your other teeth. A dental cement is used to permanently affix the crowns in place. With proper care, your dental crowns can last a lifetime.

Dental crowns can be used to improve both the appearance and functioning of your teeth. Whether you wish to conceal imperfections or restore normal tooth function, dental crowns can help.

To find out if dental crowns are right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Zatarain, your Reno, NV, cosmetic dentist, by calling Z Dentistry at (775) 331-1616.

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