Our teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but sometimes they can become weakened from decay, injury, or even a procedure like a root canal or large filling. If you have a vulnerable tooth that you want to be protected, a dental crown is the solution you may be looking for.
At Dental Care at Moon Valley, our dentist in Phoenix utilizes tooth crowns for a variety of cosmetic and restorative procedures. If you’re considering getting dental crowns, here are six things you need to know.
#1 Dental crowns can protect your oral health.
The American Dental Association states that if a decayed or damaged tooth is not treated, it can lead to a serious infection. Luckily, dental crowns protect teeth from becoming further damaged, as they reinforce the natural tooth’s structure and strength.
#2 Dental crowns are designed to match your smile.
Your dental crown is custom-made to blend in with your unique smile seamlessly. Dental crowns can improve or restore the size, strength, shade, and shape of your natural tooth. Dr. Hines and Dr. Keller use state-of-the-art technology, such as digital impressions and 3-D imaging, to help create your ideal smile.
#3 Dental crowns are versatile.
Dental crowns can also be used to replace fillings, cover dental implants, or anchor dental bridges. They repair chipped, broken, or cracked teeth, as well as mask aesthetic imperfections. A dental crown is really like a jack of all trades!
#4 Dental crowns can prevent you from needing a tooth removed.
Getting a dental crown is an excellent line of defense against needing a tooth removed. In conjunction with our gentle root canal therapy, dental crowns are placed over a treated tooth to keep it healthy and intact.
If you don’t have a crown to strengthen the natural tooth, the tooth can become more brittle or damaged, and it may need to be removed to protect your oral health.
#5 Dental crowns are strong and long-lasting.
Designed to mimic your natural teeth, dental crowns are permanent prosthetics secured into place using a cement-like adhesive. This allows the crown to stay firmly in place while you chew, speak, laugh, and smile.
Dental crowns can be made from various materials, but we use porcelain because it most closely resembles the appearance of a natural tooth. With all of this in mind, dental crowns can typically last between five and 15 years if they’re correctly cared for.
#6 Caring for your dental crown is easy.
With dental crowns, you must continue to brush your teeth twice daily and floss once daily to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It’s also recommended that you get regular dental exams and cleanings, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).
Another tip for keeping your dental crowns in the best shape possible is to avoid eating hard, sticky, tough, or chewy foods, such as ice chips, candy, or thick steaks. This can break or wear down the crowns and result in needing a replacement.
If a crown shows excessive wear or no longer matches the shade of your teeth, our dental team can quickly replace it so you can keep your smile spotless without slowing down.