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Cosmetic Dentistry – Crowns, Enamel Shaping & Contouring

December 18, 2014

In our blogs, we frequently cover topics such as teeth whitening, bonding, and veneers to help our readers attain best oral health. In this edition of blog, we are going to tell you something about crowns, enamel shaping, and contouring. These dental procedures are used to beautify the appearance of your smile.

Crowns

Crowns, also known as caps, can completely cover a tooth, reinstating its normal shape and appearance. There are several reasons why you need a crown. It could be to:

•    Protect a weak tooth
•    Cover a discolored or crooked tooth
•    Hold a dental bridge in place
•    Cover a tooth with a large filling
•    Restore a worn or broken tooth
•    Protect a dental implant

Crowns can be made from gold alloy, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or ceramic materials. Since crowns are expensive, dentists normally suggest them only when other treatments cannot produce a fair result.

Normally it can take more than one visit to receive a permanent crown; however, some dentists are adept to make an in-office same-day crown, or a temporary crown. Permanent crowns can have unusual long life if you can take good care of them.

Enamel Shaping & Contouring

Enamel shaping and countering comprise removing or trimming dental enamel to beautify the appearance of your teeth. Many dentists usually chain this process with bonding. Largely performed to adjust the shape, position, or length of teeth, enamel shaping and contouring can fix:

•    Minor bite issues
•    Irregular and chipped teeth
•    Overlapping or crooked teeth

Enamel shaping and contouring is advisable only if you have normal, healthy teeth along with adequate bone between your teeth to support them.

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