4146 Carmichael Road, Suite A
Montgomery, AL 36106
Hannahan, Thomas H D.D.S.
3602 Old Shell Rd # B
Mobile, AL, 36608-1307
Tilashalski, Kenneth R D.D.S.
1919 7th Ave S # Sdb
Birmingham, AL, 35233-2005
Barfield, Robert D.D.S.
1919 7th Ave S
Birmingham, AL, 35233-2005
Clanton, David W D.D.S.
2045 Medical Center Dr # 24
Birmingham, AL, 35209-6809
In restorative dentistry a dental crown, or caps for teeth, look and function just like natural teeth. Your cosmetic dentist may recommend a dental crown if your tooth has enough decay that it cannot hold a filling, or if your tooth is cracked or broken and in danger of cracking down into the root if left unattended. A dental crown covers your tooth completely. It fits snugly at the gum and protects what remains of the natural tooth.
The dental crown serves two important functions. First, it restores the appearance of your teeth and your face. If your tooth is severely decayed or cracked, your cosmetic dentist will need to restore it prior to preparing a cap. Teeth also support the muscles in our faces, so anything less than a full tooth may affect the way you smile.
Second, a dental crown will be the same size and shape as the natural tooth. As a result, it will keep your jaw and bite aligned; it will also make sure that other teeth don't shift locations or take on a greater share of the work of biting and chewing.
A dental crown is most often made of gold or porcelain. A dental crown also can be made of stainless steel, but those are often temporary and not designed for long-term wear.
A porcelain dental crown is usually built on a metal base, which fits snugly over the natural tooth. Your dentist will choose a porcelain that matches the color of your natural teeth. A porcelain dental crown is usually so carefully matched in color, it cannot be distinguished from your natural teeth. Many people choose porcelain dental crowns for the cosmetic appearance and the confidence it give them.
New materials are now available in cosmetic dentistry that allow your cosmetic dentist to use an "all-ceramic" dental crown in some cases. They have a beautiful life-like appearance and short-term studies support their success, with long-term trials ongoing.
A dental crown can be made of all gold. Some people prefer not to use a gold crown because it stands out from the other teeth in appearance. At the same time, if the gold crown is on a back molar, some people feel the cosmetic issue is not a big one. Your cosmetic dentist will discuss the types of materials available if a gold crown is recommended.
Once your dental crown is in place, make sure the area is brushed well and that you floss below the gum line. While the dental crown protects your remaining tooth from further decay, you must protect the base of the dental crown from bacterial growth and gum disease. Regular brushing and flossing as you would your natural teeth will ensure that your crown will be in place for years to come!
Your Gold Crown is not just royal jewelry for your mouth!
by Danine M. Fresch, DDS
We all suspect that how we look makes a difference in our lives. Think of the days when everything is going fine - that's a day you're feeling good and probably looking good.
In our teens, looks are everything. But as we get older, we tend to take our appearance for granted, and rely instead on our skills and professional competence to make up for any "cosmetic" imperfections.
Well, "cosmetic" is more than skin deep. We form very real biases about the people around us, even as adults, based on the simple fact of appearance. And the most critical factor in such judgments, according to copious research, is the teeth.
Yes, women are concerned about shape, as men are impressed by height. But everyone reacts the same to a healthy, beautiful smile. Whether we like it or not, people with straight white teeth are perceived to be more honest, more productive, more out-going, trusting, successful - you name it - than their counterparts with a missing tooth or broken teeth.
Your dentist has seen this psychology at work. For his or her patients, children and adults alike, cosmetic dentistry has made a tangible improvement not just in smiles, but in the quality of lives. A smile enhanced by restorative dentistry brings dramatic changes - changes more than "skin deep."
With new materials and techniques - tooth bonding, teeth bleaching, dental veneers, invisible braces - your cosmetic dentist is excited about the "magic" he or she can make. They've seen self-esteem grow before their eyes. Your dentist can help you look good, feel good, and get on with a healthy, vital life. Cosmetic dentistry? Go for it!