When a tooth begins to lose its strength due to wear, trauma, or decay, crowns are often used to restore it. After all cavities are removed and the tooth is shaped, a crown is placed directly over the remaining tooth structure. After the fit of the crown is checked, it is permanently cemented onto the tooth. Essentially, the crown becomes your new tooth, at least to the untrained eye.
Types of Crowns:
At Chesapeake Smiles, patients can choose from a wide range of materials for their crown, including porcelain, gold, or metal alloy. Most patients opt for porcelain crowns because the material is very similar to enamel, which gives the tooth a natural appearance. In order for a crown to fit perfectly, an impression is taken of your teeth and sent to the lab to have a custom crown especially made to fit you.
At Chesapeake Smiles Dental, we believe that no one should have to hide his or her smile. Veneers can help to correct your smile and give you the look you have always dreamed of.
Veneers have a natural appearance and are essentially thin porcelain shells that have been custom designed to fit your teeth. Veneers are placed over your anterior teeth and only cover the front surfaces. They are used to reshape your teeth and give you a beautiful, esthetic smile. Upon completion, your new veneers will look remarkably similar to natural teeth. Veneers are typically resistant to stains, but you may still need to avoid certain beverages, such as coffee and red wine, in order to preserve your new smile.