While veneers and dental implants are the right choices for many patients, crowns have long been Americans’ leading restorative dental procedure. Around 2.3 million of these tooth-shaped caps are made and fitted every year.
Here at Green Street Dental, we use two types of crowns—porcelain fused to metal (PFM) and full porcelain LAVA crowns. Both have their advantages, but regardless of which you choose, crowns are excellent for covering and restoring a broken, decayed, weak, or worn-down tooth.
But what are some of the specific benefits of dental crowns? Keep reading to learn more.
Many assume restorative dental treatment is complex, time-consuming, and intense. This isn’t the case with dental crowns, though. Once you’ve chosen your cosmetic dentist and decided that dental crowns are the right choice, it’ll be smooth sailing from then on.
You’ll need to make several visits to your dentist so that they can prepare your tooth and fit the permanent dental crown, but the procedure is minimally invasive and straightforward.
First, your dentist will clean the tooth, remove any damaged parts, and shape the tooth in preparation to fit the crown. Your dentist will then fit you with a temporary crown for around two weeks so that you can eat and function as before. When your crown is ready, you’ll return to your dentist to finalize the procedure and make the dental crown a permanent part of your smile.
Restore a Healthy Smile
Your teeth have to put up with a lot over time. But all that wear and tear can take its toll, especially if you skip the brushing and flossing or go in for dangerous activities. Everything from trips and sports injuries to poor dental hygiene can cause your teeth to become damaged or discolored.
Even one tooth out of place is enough to ruin an otherwise perfect set of pearly whites. And once you notice, it’s natural to want to cover your mouth when you laugh or smile without showing your teeth.
One of the main aims of dental crowns is to restore damaged teeth, but crowns also provide aesthetic benefits as a cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedure. Since they fit over your existing natural tooth, crowns offer an instant fix for correct chips, cracks, fractures, stains, and more, restoring your healthy smile and confidence instantly.
Custom-Made Fit and Look
Worrying that your dental crown and natural teeth will look out of place is common. But dental crowns aren’t a one-size-fits-all, perfectly white generic tooth shape. One of the key reasons dental crowns look so good is that dentists and their labs design them to match the shape, size, and shade of your teeth.
Once the slight soreness subsides and you feel confident enough to chomp and smile again, you’ll probably forget you even have a crown. And there’s no chance that people will realize you have one unless you tell them.
Protect Weak or Damaged Teeth
A healthy smile is important. But if you have a weak tooth, dental crowns can help here too.
Weakened, cracked, or otherwise damaged teeth often fall short of what’s required. Normal activities such as chewing and drinking can be a source of pain and worry. And once you’ve damaged your tooth, this will likely worsen over time. In many severe cases, a dental crown may be the only way to avoid removing and replacing the tooth.
Here you can see that dental veneers and crowns offer instant aesthetic benefits, but crowns go one step further. Unlike veneers, crowns hold together and protect weak and damaged teeth thanks to their custom fit and supportive structure.
Reduce Sensitivity and Discomfort
Another issue to remember with damaged or weakened teeth is how sensitive and painful they can become. This happens because there’s less of a barrier between the nerves connecting your teeth and gums from the acids, sugars, and extreme temperatures you expose them to when eating and drinking.
Placing a crown on top of a tooth seals off the nerves. This then acts as a replacement barrier to protect your tooth from irritants like a healthy tooth does. Sometimes, dentists use crowns as a final protective layer following a filling, root canal, or other treatment to guard a repaired tooth against further discomfort and sensitivity.
As straightforward as dental crowns are to fit, you still want them to last a long time. And the good news is, dental crowns are one of the longest-lasting restorative procedures.
Whether you go for crowns made from porcelain fused to metal or full porcelain crowns, the strong materials used will withstand the constant trauma of biting, chewing, and grinding food. With good dental care and regular dental check-ups, your crowns can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years or more. Moreover, the synthetic material of crowns means they won’t decay like normal teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
As this guide shows, dental crowns offer a lot of benefits. If you have a tooth that needs a touch-up or restoration, a dental crown is often the easiest and most affordable way to put a smile back on your face.
What’s more, treating any problem teeth now will save you time, money, and discomfort in the future.
Looking for a dentist in Pasadena? Contact us here at Green Street Dental to book a consultation or to learn more about our full range of dental services.