Alternatives to crowns that can still improve and protect your teeth in Las Vegas, NV
A dental crown is a restoration that works much like a cap to cover a tooth to either protect it or make it look better. Though crowns are sometimes still the best option for your teeth, they are no longer the only choice you have. Now, depending on the reason you might need a crown, you may be able to choose from a number of alternatives that could do the job just as well or even better.
One of the reasons someone might need a crown is that a tooth has been damaged by decay. In this case, a crown may be placed to protect the tooth from further decay or damage. Teeth that have multiple unsightly metal fillings may also seem to benefit from a crown that can be placed to make them more attractive. In these cases, another option is simply to replace metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings. Most dentists today consider tooth-colored fillings to be just as durable and effective as metal fillings, and they can keep your teeth looking completely natural. If this is the problem with your teeth, before removing enamel to place a crown, ask your dentist about tooth-colored fillings.
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Another common reason to place a crown is that a tooth has been cracked, chipped, or damaged in some other way. In order to cover the damage to the tooth, a crown is often placed over the whole tooth to give it an entirely new surface. Now, when your tooth is chipped, cracked, or broken, your dentist may be able to fix these problems with a simple dental bonding treatment. Special materials can be matched to the color of your teeth and then placed on the teeth and blended in so that they fix any flaws on the tooth without standing out. This treatment can also address problems with discoloration and even minor gaps between teeth.
If your smile is damaged or flawed and you have been considering getting a crown placed, you might want to consider all your options before committing. At Hillside Dental, we can help you sort through the options and find the best treatment for your smile. Call today at 702-666-8584 to schedule a consultation with a dentist.