If you have extreme tooth damage, a dental crown is a cost-effective and long-term solution to save your tooth and improve its strength, size, shape, and appearance. Whether your tooth is decayed, chipped, broken, worn-out, stained, or misshaped, our dentist can help.
If you’re still not sure whether tooth crowns are right for you, below are 13 facts that you should know about the treatment:
- Crowns can save a severely damaged tooth.
If your tooth has suffered extreme damage, a dental crown may be your last resort to save the tooth. Unlike alternative treatments like veneers, a crown is a tooth cap that covers the entire visible part of a tooth, holding it together and improving its strength. It preserves your natural tooth and prevents extraction.
- Crowns can replace missing teeth.
Dental bridges and implants are common ways to replace missing teeth. Dental crowns attached to adjacent health support the artificial teeth when placing a traditional bridge. Similarly, a crown provides a natural-looking tooth structure over a dental implant.
- Crowns are stain-resistant.
Unlike natural teeth, crowns contain artificial and non-porous materials like porcelain and gold. Therefore, they resist staining better than your natural teeth. Avoiding staining habits will keep your crown looking bright for longer.
- Crowns can help after a root canal.
If your tooth is infected or decayed, the dentist can use a root canal treatment to remove the infection and save your tooth. It entails removing the tooth’s pulp, which can significantly weaken the tooth. A dental crown may be necessary to protect and strengthen the tooth.
- Metal-based crowns develop a grayish tint.
People who use porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns on front teeth can notice a grayish tint on their crown. It often happens due to the crown’s metallic base, which can penetrate the porcelain layer slightly.
- Getting a crown takes multiple visits.
You might need several appointments to get a dental crown. Typically, the dentist will prepare the tooth, take impressions, and send them to a dental lab on the first appointment. The dentist can place a temporary crown. On the second appointment, the dentist will permanently remove the temporary and cement the customized crown.
- You can get same-day CEREC crowns
CEREC technology has made it possible to get a dental crown in a single appointment. The technology uses a CEREC machine to make 3D models of your teeth and create ceramic crowns. The crown is made and fitted on the same appointment.
- Crowns won’t last forever.
While very strong and durable, dental crowns won’t last forever. A crown typically lasts for about 10 – 15 years with proper oral care and habits. The crown material and the location of the crowned tooth can also affect the crown’s longevity.
- You don’t always need a crown.
While a crown effectively repairs tooth damage, it isn’t always necessary. For instance, you can fix minor tooth damage with alternative treatments like dental veneers, bonding, fillings, inlays, and Onlays. Similarly, a crown may not work if the tooth is severely damaged and doesn’t have enough structure to hold a crown sufficiently.
- A crown can fix cosmetic issues.
While a crown is common for restorative purposes, it can also correct cosmetic imperfections and renew your smile. For instance, a crown can improve the appearance of an uneven, stained, or misshaped tooth, giving you a bright, uniform, youthful, and beautiful smile.
- Crowns can be custom-made to look and feel like natural teeth.
If you’re repairing a front tooth, you might be concerned that people may notice it when speaking or laughing. Thankfully, you can use tooth-colored dental crowns such as porcelain or zirconia. The crown will match your natural teeth’ size, shape, color, and feel.
- Dental crowns require tooth shaving or building.
Since a crown goes over your natural teeth, the dentist must shave a portion of the tooth to allow the crown to fit naturally without feeling bulky or uncomfortable. If the tooth lacks enough structure to hold a crown, the dentist can rebuild it to provide adequate support for the crown.
- Crowns are easy to take care of.
A crown looks, functions, and feels like a natural tooth. Once it’s secured, you only have to care for it as you do for your natural teeth. You won’t need special products or techniques.
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