Benefits of dental crowns
Dental crowns offer many benefits and can be used to address various dental issues, such as a severely decayed tooth that has recently been repaired with a root canal, a tooth damaged due to an accident or to match the shape of existing teeth. Dental crowns are an efficient and cost-effective solution to many dental problems.
It is hoped that no one ever has to receive a dental crown; unfortunately, many of us will not be so fortunate. There is no reason to be concerned about the procedure, however, as it is a very common and widely-used practice today. With consistent upkeep of good oral hygiene, dental crowns are meant to provide long-lasting results. Additionally, they are crafted to blend in seamlessly with your existing teeth, making it highly unlikely that your friends and family will recognize the addition of a dental crown.
Improved Chewing / Eating: The loss or damage of a tooth can have an impact on one’s ability to chew and eat. Fortunately, due to advancements in dentistry, there is now a wide range of dental crown materials available which are remarkably strong and resilient, allowing for individuals to enjoy their favorite foods.
Protection: A dental crown is designed to provide a seamless fit for covering an existing tooth or dental implant. The crown is securely bonded in place to ensure the utmost stability and protection. If you have a tooth that is broken, decayed, or cracked, a dental crown may help protect it from bacteria which may lead to further damage.
Flexibility: Depending on your oral health needs, a dental crown could potentially be used to address several issues. For example, if a tooth cannot be restored or has been lost, a crown may be placed in conjunction with dental implants or as part of a bridge. A dental crown is an effective tool to stabilize a tooth after receiving root canal treatment.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are permanent prosthetic devices specifically designed to provide a restoration for cracked, decayed, discolored, or slightly misaligned teeth. The crowns are made from durable materials such as porcelain or ceramic and can be crafted to replicate the natural shape and hue of your existing teeth. Dental crowns can be manufactured from a variety of materials, including resin, zirconia, and metals such as gold.
Crowns can be used to restore dental implants, which can assist with replacing missing teeth. If multiple teeth are absent, a dentist may suggest a dental bridge for the empty space.
Dental crowns are an ideal solution for protecting and restoring the shape of damaged teeth. These caps fit securely over the tooth, extending all the way to the gumline in order to provide maximum protection.
Dental crowns are a simple procedure.
This restorative dental treatment does not have to be complicated or intense. Dental crowns can be minimally invasive and relatively straightforward. After ensuring the tooth is clean and any damaged tissue is removed, a custom-designed crown is created for that specific tooth.
Once a crown is formulated, it is sent to a laboratory to be manufactured. In the meantime, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown to maintain oral health and function until the permanent one is ready. Upon completion of the crown, you will need to visit our office again for the cementation of the permanent crown; once in place, the crown will become a permanent part of your smile.
Crowns are custom-made for you.
At our dental lab, we specialize in designing custom crowns that closely replicate the shape, size, and hue of existing teeth. We provide a variety of materials depending on individual requirements and budget. After placement of the dental crown, you will likely forget about the crown and go unnoticed by those around you.
Why Is a Dental Crown Needed?
A dental crown may be recommended in situations such as:
- In order to protect a fragile tooth, such as one that is decaying.
- Restoration of a tooth that has been broken or severely worn down
- To hold a dental bridge in place.
- To cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth.
- To cover a dental implant.
- To make a cosmetic modification.
For children, using a crown on primary (baby) teeth may be beneficial:
- If a tooth has become so decayed that it can no longer support a filling, it may be necessary to save the tooth through other means.
- It is essential to take extra precautions to protect the teeth of a child at high risk for tooth decay, especially when the child has difficulty maintaining their daily oral hygiene.
- It is recommended to reduce the usage of general anesthesia for children who cannot comply with the necessary requirements for proper dental care due to age, behavior, or medical history.
In cases involving pediatric dentistry, a stainless steel crown is often the recommended treatment.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
On average, dental crowns have a lifespan between five and fifteen years. The longevity of a crown will depend on the amount of wear and tear it experiences, along with adhering to good oral hygiene practices and mindful habits related to oral health (It is recommended to refrain from engaging in behaviors such as grinding or clenching your teeth, chewing ice, biting fingernails, and using your teeth to open packaging).
Protect Teeth After Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Therapy is an effective way of clearing infection from the pulp of your tooth. However, it is worth noting that this type of surgery can leave the affected tooth more vulnerable to additional damage.
Dentists often utilize dental crowns to protect teeth that have undergone this procedure, allowing the treatment to be preserved while shielding the tooth from any further harm.