Could a Dental Crown Improve Your Smile? - Corbet Locke D.D.S. Corbet Locke D.D.S. in Woodway
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Could a Dental Crown Improve Your Smile?

added on: June 18, 2016

Restorative dentistry is frequently required when a person struggles with a dental cavity, a chip or crack or other damage to a tooth or teeth. That is because the teeth are not able to repair themselves the way many parts of the body can, making restoration incredibly important for improving the function and appearance of the smile. Modern dental crowns are a aversatile, appealing and fast way to help protect damaged teeth and to restore a person’s oral health and comfort.

What Makes Crowns Such a Popular Form of Restoration?

Most people still think of noticeable metal crowns when they hear the term, “dental crown.” Fortunately many restorative dentists now provide a more esthetically-pleasing and more comfortable alternative, in the form of porcelain dental crowns.

Porcelain crowns are designed to look natural, allowing patients to smile confidently after restoration is completed. Plus, porcelain is less conductive than metal, making these crowns more comfortable for many patients, and even safer in some cases, such as for patients with metal sensitivities or allergies.

When Is a Dental Crown the Answer?

Another benefit of dental crowns is that they are an incredibly versatile form of restorative treatment, making their addition to the smile one of the most commonly completed dental procedures.

For instance, crowns can be used to:

  • Hide chips or cracks, creating a more beautiful smile, but also preventing the chip or crack from worsening over time, due to the pressure exerted while chewing
  • Protect a tooth from further erosion or even infection, after a particularly bad cavity, in which case a dental filling may not be sufficient for sealing the tooth
  • After root canal therapy, a crown can also be used to prevent reinfection
  • Some patients choose to use dental crowns as part of their dental prostheses, in order to enjoy the strength and beauty of porcelain as part of their smile completion


We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet Locke, DDS, contact our Waco, TX, dental office today by calling 254-776-4888. Our office welcomes patients in and around Waco, TX, including Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.