No matter how hard we try and maintain our oral health, sometimes life catches up with you and takes a toll on your pearly whites. While having naturally perfect teeth your entire life may not be achievable for everyone, dental crowns are a great way to keep your smile in good shape.
Dental crown procedures are among the most popular in the U.S today. In fact, America manufactures up to 3 million dental crowns every year. The reason for this is that dental crowns are a brilliant solution to a number of dental issues, whether restorative or cosmetic.
Wondering whether you’d be a good candidate for dental crowns? Learn more in this blog.
A dental crown procedure is a great alternative to pulling a tooth that is damaged, decayed, misshapen, or stained. Rewind a good few decades ago, and your only option was to pull a tooth that posed a risk to your oral health — whether that tooth was front and center or not.
Thank goodness for technological advances in dentistry that have paved the way for dental crowns and bridges. So, how exactly does a dental crown work?
Basically, a dental crown is a manufactured piece of porcelain or metal that fits over an existing tooth, so that it matches the appearance of the rest of your teeth. Nowadays, dental crowns are used for both restorative and cosmetic purposes.
A dental crown is made from porcelain or resin. In some cases, they are manufactured from metal or even a combination of porcelain and metal. In order to fit a dental crown, your dentist will remove decay from your existing tooth/teeth, then make an impression or mold of the tooth/teeth.
From here, your dentist sends the mold to a technician who creates the perfect dental crown to match the natural shape and size of the rest of your teeth. The crown is then fitted over your tooth/teeth, and adhered with dental cement.
Almost anyone that is looking to perfect their smile is a good candidate for a dental crown procedure. However, there are a few instances where you may need a dental crown, without opting for it. Here are a few common scenarios:
No one wants to be told they’re due for a root canal, but with dentistry technology today, this procedure has become all-the-more bearable and pain-free.
With this in mind, a dental crown placement may be necessary after a root canal procedure in order to preserve the structure of a certain tooth. This is especially true for your back teeth, or molars. If you receive a root canal on a front tooth, sometimes all you need is a filling to fill the hole left after a root canal.
Once your root canal procedure is complete, your dentist will assess whether a dental crown is necessary. Most of the time it’s the best decision in order to avoid tooth fracture down-the-line.
When you have a tooth cavity, your dentist removes the decay and typically fills up your tooth with a filling. However, if you have a cavity that is just too advanced, you may be a candidate for a dental crown, instead.
If a significant amount of tooth is drilled away, this can jeopardize the strength of the tooth. This is where a dental crown is beneficial in order to preserve the tooth and keep it in place.
Your dentist will make the call based on what’s best for your overall oral health.
Tooth fracture or breakage is not all that common, but if you have an accident and suffer blunt trauma to the face, this can result in a broken or fractured tooth/teeth. In most cases, you may not even know that you have a fractured tooth, and it could even be fractured in more places than one.
In this instance, a fractured or broken tooth is vulnerable. It’s also extremely painful. So a dental crown is your best answer to keeping the tooth protected and in place. However, the severity of the break or fracture determines whether you’ll need a simple filling or crown.
This is more of a cosmetic reason to receive dental crowns, but overly stained or oddly shaped teeth can make most people feel very self-conscious of their smile and really rock their self-confidence. This is as good a reason as any to receive a dental crown/s.
You may have a chipped tooth, a damaged tooth, or stained teeth due to certain lifestyle habits. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to correct these issues with dental crowns! It’s also a brilliant option to strengthen and protect these teeth that may be more vulnerable than others.
Your tooth cusps play an important role in your overall health. In short, their purpose to help you tear and chew your food properly, which aids with digestion. However, tooth cusps are vulnerable and prone to wear and tear. Sometimes these cusps may break off and make the rest of the tooth vulnerable to damage.
This is where a dental crown is helpful — it can restore the full function of that tooth and protect the remainder of the tooth, too.
Bruxism is common in adults and is characterized by severe teeth grinding, which tends to happen in your sleep. Bruxism is a fairly serious issue that can affect your sleep quality, your jaw function, and also damage your teeth over time.
Tooth grinding wears down your teeth and makes them structurally vulnerable. It can also lead to incessant mouth pain. Dental crowns are a good option for building up a damaged tooth and protecting what’s left of it due to bruxism.
If you’re considering dental crowns for a smile makeover, then Dental Designs is your Agoura Hills go-to. We pride ourselves on offering excellent dental services, not only in cosmetic dentistry, but general dentistry, periodontics, and more.
Learn more about our smile makeover procedure and what to expect when you schedule your appointment with us!