• Crowns

  • Repair Damaged Teeth and Rejuvenate Your Smile

    If you have a severely damaged or decayed tooth, a filling may not be enough to restore functionality and enhance your smile. Fortunately, we offer custom-crafted dental crowns, which perform a variety of restorative and cosmetic functions.

    What Is a Dental Crown?

    A dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration, made to look virtually identical to your natural teeth. To place a crown, Dr. Yum will carefully reshape your tooth to remove any damaged material and make room for the cap. Thanks to local anesthesia and Dr. Yum’s careful methods, this process will involve little discomfort. After prepping your tooth, he will take impressions to make sure your crown fits snugly around your tooth and does not change your natural bite alignment. These impressions will go to our dental lab, where technicians will meticulously craft your crown. Your dental restoration can be made from several different materials. Choices include gold, porcelain, and zirconium.

    Are You a Candidate for a Dental Crown?

    If you suffer from any of the following concerns, you may be an excellent candidate for a dental crown:

    • A weak or cracked tooth
    • A worn or eroded tooth
    • A large cavity that has left little healthy tooth structure
    • A severely discolored or misshapen tooth
    • Another dramatic cosmetic flaw

    Dental crowns are also important in replacing missing teeth. Two crowns can hold up a custom-made dental bridge. You might also choose a Maryland bonded bridge. This type of restoration is comprised of one crown, attached to the adjacent teeth with tiny metal or resin “wings.” Alternatively, Dr. Yum may suggest replacing your tooth with a single crown atop a permanently positioned dental implant.

    Crowns can also be appropriate for children. For example, a crown can restore a severely damaged tooth or protect a tooth that is at a high risk for decay. This type of restoration may also be an appropriate treatment for a child who is unable to undergo other types of dental care.

    Benefits of Dental Crowns

    Thanks to their significant benefits, dental crowns are one of the most popular forms of restorative dentistry. Crowns do not only repair current damage. They can also prevent future, more serious concerns. If you have a decayed tooth, a crown can prevent large fractures. In some cases, these fractures could extend beyond your gum line, which makes restoration exceedingly difficult. Crowns can also conceal dramatic cosmetic blemishes to give you a younger, healthier-looking smile.