You come in for your dental appointment, and you get the bad news, you need a crown. A crown is actually a good thing, because it means that Dr. Hortman can save your tooth. Not only will a crown protect your tooth from damage, it will also restore the tooth’s beauty and function.
Crowns are necessary when decay, injury, or grinding damage a tooth, and it can’t be repaired with a filling, inlay, or onlay. Little River dentist Dr. Hortman near North Myrtle Beach will design a crown that fits over the damaged tooth like a mini helmet. The crown will protect your natural tooth from breaks, fractures, and infection. We also use crowns to restore worn teeth, allowing for efficient chewing and a more comfortable bite.
When one or more teeth have gone missing altogether, a set of crowns affixed to each other can provide a sturdy tooth replacement. Also called a bridge, the method of restoration can be retained by sturdy dental implants or by using the surrounding natural teeth as anchors for the bridge. When the latter approach is preferred, a sturdy crown is placed on the two healthy natural teeth and the prosthetics fill the gap in between.
Porcelain crowns and bridges are highly esthetic. Dr. Hortman will choose the color that precisely matches your existing teeth. You won’t be able to tell the difference. Many people choose porcelain crowns over veneers, because they provide more support and stability.
If you’re interested in improving your smile with porcelain crowns or dental bridges, call Palmetto Dental Associates to schedule a consultation with Dr. Emily Hortman. We have provided residents of Little River and Myrtle Beach with comprehensive dental care for over 20 years.