The Three R’s Of Dental Crowns
- July 14, 2016
Is something off about your smile? To borrow an idea from a children’s show, is one of your teeth not like the others? Maybe it’s more than one.
You know if there is something you may want to change about your smile, even if it is just one tooth.
If that is the case, you can fix many issues with a single service — dental crowns. We have been offering this treatment or our patients for as long as our dentist office has been serving Plainville, CT, and the surrounding area.
There are many ways that dental crowns could help you, but we are boiling it down to three general areas in today’s post. Keeping reading or call Gentle Dental Care to find out more about what dental crowns could do for you.
Teeth are strong, but they aren’t invincible. They can become damaged in a number of ways. Some of those ways can affect the function of our teeth.
Fortunately, dental crowns can be used to repair teeth that have been damaged.
Let’s start with the most common problem. Cavities affect most American adults. In fact, more than 90 percent of Americans will have at least one cavity in their lives, according to research done by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
If you notice your cavity early (or we notice it during one of your routine dental visits), we often can fix it with a dental filling.
If your cavity grows too large, however, then a dental crown is a better option. Our dental crowns are made of material like porcelain and zirconium that give you a natural-looking tooth replacement as well as a durable replacement that allows your tooth to function like it should.
Let’s go even further and assume that you did not pay any attention to your cavity. Over time, it could eat into the middle of your tooth and cause a tooth infection. This is when a root canal treatment is in order.
We often use dental crowns to seal teeth at the end of this procedure.
Another reason you may need a tooth repaired is if you have a chipped or broken tooth. Accidents, collisions, and hard foods can cause breaks and chips to occur.
Thankfully, a dental crown can help your tooth look as good as news.
Sometimes the problems with your teeth have nothing to do with how they function. Some problems are more cosmetic in nature.
While teeth stains occur naturally as we live longer, that’s a solution that can be treated with teeth whitening. You may not realize it, but stains aren’t the only reason your teeth can become discolored.
Individual teeth can turn darker as a result of a traumatic impact. Some teeth may change color as a side effect of medication or as a direct result of an illness. When this happens, teeth whitening is not going to change how those teeth look.
On the other hand, a dental crown can be crafted and colored to match the rest of your natural teeth. With a crown, your tooth will stop standing out (for the wrong reasons) and start blending in with the rest of your smile.
Discoloration is a real issue, but it’s also not the only time you may want to consider the cosmetic benefits of a dental crown.
If you have lived long enough, then you are aware the sometimes people have body parts that don’t form completely. This can happen to teeth, too.
You may have one or two teeth that don’t look as complete as the rest of your smile. If that bothers you, then you can change it with a dental crown.
The institute we mentioned earlier also reports that tooth loss is common in the United States. The average American is missing more than three teeth by the time they turn 50.
Some people won’t lose a single tooth, while others will lose all of them.
In between are several people with one or two lost teeth.
Dental crowns can help with this problem, too. You can replace your missing teeth by placing a dental crown on top of a dental implant.
The implant replaces the root of your missing tooth, and the dental crown replaces your natural crown. Visually and functionally, however, this looks and feels like a real tooth once it’s placed in your mouth.
“R” You Ready For A Crown?
Our dentist office is located at 87 East Street in Plainville, CT.