The Benefits of Dental Crowns
If a tooth has been damaged by dental decay, or a restorative or cosmetic dentistry procedure has altered or weakened the tooth in any way, you may want to consider a dental crown.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a porcelain, metal, or resin covering shaped like a tooth. It is placed over an existing tooth to protect that tooth, to restore its original shape and/or size, and to improve its condition and appearance.
Crowns are beneficial for teeth that are heavily decayed or structurally damaged; they can improve both the functionality and the appearance of the smile.
Uses for Dental Crowns
At South Ogden Smiles, Dr. Patrick Tanner uses dental crowns for a variety of cosmetic and restorative dentistry reasons, depending upon the needs of the patient. They are often recommended for protection and to improve the appearance of a tooth.
A crown is commonly placed over a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy. A tooth that requires root canal treatment may be weakened. Even after the root canal cavity has been filled, the tooth may be structurally compromised and more apt to break due to the intense pressure placed on the teeth from the jaw.
A dental crown can be placed over the tooth to provide extra support. Placement of a crown over the tooth serves to protect it and prevent it from breaking. It also ensures that the patient’s original bite is not affected.
Crowns can protect a cracked tooth and prevent further breakage.
Some fillings may leave a tooth small or weakened. A crown can provide support and protection for teeth damaged by large fillings.
Crowns may be used to support a dental bridge. A bridge is an artificial tooth that is used to fill the space created by a missing tooth. The surrounding teeth support the artificial tooth, or the bridge. A crown, or crowns, may act as the supporting tooth/teeth.
Dental crowns can provide a natural-looking cover for teeth that are discolored or misshapen, improving the overall appearance of the smile.
A dental implant is used to replace a missing tooth. The procedure involves placement of a small titanium post into the bone socket of the missing tooth. The posts sets into the jaw over a period of weeks. Once this implant is firmly set into the jawbone, a connector post (abutment) is anchored to the implant.
Finally, a dental crown is attached to the abutment. This crown is the final step in the replacement of a missing tooth. It can restore your smile’s appearance and functionality, improving both your confidence and your oral health.
How Long Does A Crown Last?
Crowns typically last between five and 15 years; however, the longevity of a crown depends on the wearer. You can increase the lifespan of your crown by brushing and flossing regularly and avoiding the following habits:
- Chewing on ice
- Grinding your teeth
- Biting your fingernails
If you are having dental work or simply want to improve the appearance of one or more teeth, dental crowns may be the best treatment option for you. To learn more about how a crown can restore your smile, please contact us today.