When a tooth becomes chipped, damaged, weakened, or worn down in size, having a dental crown placed over it can be a great option for restoring its functionality and appearance. As the name implies, dental crowns are caps placed that are placed over natural teeth that need to be reinforced or reshaped.
There are many different types of dental crowns available. They include all-metal crowns, all-ceramic crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, stainless steel crowns, and all-resin crowns. Each type of crown has its own pros and cons, and they’re each designed for specific purposes depending on each patient’s need.
Dental Crowns Can Strengthen Teeth and Improve Smiles
The biggest benefit of dental crowns is the protection and strength they offer teeth. There are many things that can weaken, chip, or break teeth, including cavities, tooth decay, accidents, injuries, diseases, and more. Dental crowns reinforce them and allow patients to retain their natural teeth for as long as possible.
Another big benefit of dental crowns is that they can fill-in the gaps caused by misshapen or worn-down teeth. When teeth are smaller than they should be, it can create gaps in a person’s smile. Instead of needing braces or other corrective alignments, crowns can be placed on top of the worn down or misshapen teeth to create a more uniform appearance throughout the smile.
Dental Crowns Can Also Hide and Protect Other Dental Work
Dental fillings are necessary for many teeth-related issues, including cavities. Severe cavities often need large fillings that cover a large section of a decayed tooth. These fillings can be unsightly and visible in your smile.
Dental crowns can be placed over large fillings to reduce their appearance. Crowns can also pull double-duty in these cases by protecting the fillings from further damage from food, drinks, medications, and more.
Dental Crowns Look and Feel Like Real Teeth
Dental crowns are designed to last for many years, and after they’ve been fitted, most people don’t notice then anymore. They don’t interfere with eating, drinking, or talking, and they feel like your teeth inside your mouth.
Getting a dental crown fitted requires at least two visits: one to prepare the tooth where it will be attached, and a second visit to fit the permanent crown to that area of your mouth. Dental crowns are fitted under local anesthetic, and most people experience only mild discomfort immediately after their procedures.
Dental Crown Maintenance and Upkeep
Just like real teeth, dental crowns require upkeep and good hygiene. If you get a crown, you should continue brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing daily around it. You should also continue to see your dentist regularly for check-ups not only of your crown, but your general oral health as well.
In addition, be sure to tell your dentist if you notice your crown feels different, especially after fitting. Sometimes crowns need small adjustments to fit as perfectly as possible on damaged, misshapen, or weakened teeth and alongside existing healthy teeth.
We’re Here to Improve, Protect, and Perfect Your Smile
Your smile is important to you. But it’s not just its appearance that matters. Oral health problems, especially those involving weakened, broken, and chipped teeth can be painful and frustrating. Crowns can solve these issues quickly, effectively, and permanently.
Request a dental appointment today to learn more about options for strengthening your teeth and improving your smile. We have years of experience fitting dental crowns for all types of patients with all types of tooth-related issues, and we’ll work hard to give you the smile you deserve.