Dental crowns are a common fix for dental problems because they’re a safe and effective way to protect and repair damaged teeth and rejuvenate your smile. In fact, they’re so effective that over 23 million dental crowns are made every year. At Royal Dental Care, our patients choose to get dental crowns to enhance their smile and keep their teeth looking and feeling healthy for as long as possible. Below, we explore the top five reasons dental crowns may be the solution to tooth woes.
If you’ve ever damaged a tooth or experienced tooth sensitivity, you know that the pain is not something you can just ignore. If you have worn-down enamel, cracks, or chips in your teeth, the nerves found in the pulp of your teeth are less protected. Cold and heat from foods, as well as acids and sugars, can irritate those nerves, so you’ll have tooth pain. Crowns are placed on top of damaged teeth, reinforcing them, sealing off, and protecting the nerves.
Teeth take a lot of abuse over time. Besides everyday wear and tear, most people’s teeth have some degree of staining and may even have gotten cracked or broken. If you are self-conscious about a chipped, misshapen, or visibly decayed tooth, a dental crown is an effective solution to the problem. Crowns are custom fit and color-matched to your other teeth and then placed snugly over your existing tooth, integrating seamlessly into the rest of your smile.
Besides giving damaged teeth a more attractive appearance, dental crowns also help protect them from further deterioration. Your teeth go through a lot, like cavities and grinding your teeth due to stress. Other trauma wears down the natural protective enamel. Crowns work by encasing your teeth, protecting them from bacteria and further damage and decay.
Dental crowns are considered “restorative dentistry,” which focuses on repairing or replacing damaged teeth. You may think any restorative procedure involving your teeth is complicated or requires an intense, painful treatment. However, dental crowns are a relatively straightforward procedure designed to be minimally invasive. Your dentist first cleans and shapes the tooth, removing any damaged tissue. They then place a temporary crown over the tooth, which allows you to eat and function as usual until your permanent crown is custom-made and delivered. Once your permanent crown is made, it is secured to your tooth and becomes an enduring addition to your smile.
Dental crowns are made from various materials, like porcelain, ceramic, or resin, designed to last while withstanding daily biting, chewing, and grinding. The type of material your crown is made of often depends on where your tooth is located in your mouth and your dentist’s preference for a specific material. Once the crown is placed, it should last for at least ten years, and with regular dental exams and proper daily oral hygiene, it can even last more than 30 years.
Dental crowns can quickly and efficiently address those common issues if you suffer from tooth pain due to damaged teeth or have cracked or chipped teeth that prevent you from smiling as often as you’d like. To schedule a consultation, call Royal Dental Care today at (773) 232-3929 (Norridge) or (847) 999-7620 (Schaumburg) or fill out our online contact form.