Computer Imaging for Dental Crowns

Before you spend money on restorative and cosmetic procedures such as dental crowns,  wouldn’t it be great if you could actually see how you will look once the work is completed?  With modern technology, you actually can!

Many cosmetic dentists today offer a new technology called computer imaging, which allows them to create before and after pictures of a patient with and without the recommended treatments.  These pictures can assist a patient in deciding if the procedure is worth the time and expense involved.

The process of computer imaging for dental crowns is quite simple.  Images are taken of your face, teeth and smile using a digital camera and then scanned into a computer.  Software is then used to manipulate the images to show how you might look after placement of a dental crown. 

Crowns not only improve the appearance of a tooth, but its function as well.  They are used to protect weak teeth from breaking or holding together parts of a cracked tooth, to restore an already broken tooth, to cover discolored teeth, dental implants or a root canal, to cover and support a tooth with a large filling, and to hold a dental bridge in place. 

A crown, basically, is just a tooth-shaped cap to cover the entire surface of a tooth.  They can be made of several types of material, which include gold, silver, nickel, chromium, porcelain fused to metal, all ceramic or all porcelain, or all resin, with each material having  its pros and cons.  Certain dental crowns can be created to match your teeth, but then may not be as strong as other materials.  The price of crowns vary greatly, too.  Your cosmetic dentist can assist you in the decision of which type of dental crown is best not only for your smile, but for your pocketbook, too.