Learn More About How Our Chapel Hill Dentist Customize Dental Crowns

by Dr. Diane Hourigan | Date Published: 2017-08-15

Dental crowns are truly indispensable in the world of restorative dentistry. When a tooth becomes damaged due to infection or physical trauma, a dental crown is used to restore the tooth so that it looks attractive and functions optimally.

The process of designing and crafting a dental crown is a very detail-oriented process. It is crucial that dental restorations are customized to suit the individual patent’s needs. Keep reading to learn more about how and why our Chapel Hill crown dentists personalize restorations.

It is crucial, when designing a dental crown, that we shape and size the restoration appropriately. The bite surfaces of the crown must coordinate with your natural bite surfaces, so that your top and bottom teeth are able to hit evenly when you chew. If a crown is poorly designed, you may start to experience bite dysfunction—this leads to TMJ problems as well as uneven dental wear and tear of your existing smile.

On to aesthetics! Obviously, once your crown is in place, you want it to blend in seamlessly with your surrounding teeth. In order to achieve this objective, our team takes a look at your natural tooth shapes; some people have more angular teeth, while other people have rounder enamel. We will assess the natural shapes of your teeth, and use these as guidelines while shaping your restoration.

The great thing about porcelain and composite resin as dental materials is that they look like real dental enamel. Our team is also able to shade these materials to match the patient’s existing dental shades. Important tip: if you’re thinking about lightening your real enamel with professional dental whitening, do this prior to having your crown placed, so that we can shade your crown to match your post-whitening smile.

If you want to learn more about how we craft dental crowns, and the factors we consider, please reach out to our Chapel Hill dentists! You can always give us a call, or use the Contact Us page on our site to submit a question for our team