If you care for your teeth and visit your dentist regularly, your oral health is likely in excellent condition. But this is not always the case. Some problems are bound to happen. For example, experiencing an accident or a trauma to the face. In these cases, you may end up with a chipped, broken, or missing tooth. Luckily, these problems can be solved quickly with a dental crown.
A dental crown solves several tooth issues by providing natural-looking and long-lasting outcomes. You can repair a cracked or broken tooth with dental crowns, protect and stabilize a weak tooth, or simply restore a missing tooth after a root canal or an implant. At Smile Artisans, we use superior quality porcelain crowns that offer natural-looking and outstanding long-term results. Let’s look at a few important things that you need to know about dental crowns.
What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown (also referred to as a cap) is a prosthetic tooth that is color-matched like your natural tooth. It is used to strengthen your tooth and enhance its functions and overall appearance in your smile.
Why do you need a dental crown?
Your dentist requires each patient to be comfortable with their oral health decisions and educate them about each of the available options. You may need a dental crown for several reasons, including:
- Protect a weak or decayed tooth
- Hold together with a cracked tooth
- Restore a broken tooth
- Support a large filling or hold bridgework in place
- Restore a missing tooth after an implant
Ask your dentist about why a dental crown is right for you. They will educate you about your oral health and help you make an informed decision that will make you comfortable.
How long will a dental crown last?
Porcelain crowns are incredibly durable. They can last up to 15 years or more. You can even make them last for 25 years if you take proper care of them in some cases. Dental crowns require excellent oral care habits, such as brushing teeth twice a day and flossing once per day. It is also recommended to visit your dentist for checkups and cleanings every 6 months. Ask your dentist about what things or habits might cause crown replacement.
What is the process to get a dental crown?
Back in the days, getting a dental crown took too much time and required several visits to the dental clinic. But today, getting a dental crown is simple and easy. At Smile Artisans, we perform this procedure within two visits. On the first visit, we prepare your tooth, take impressions, and place a temporary crown. Next, we will call you after two weeks. The crown will then be placed and cemented in the second appointment. Thus, you will get your complete, long-lasting, and beautiful smile in such a short time.
Does the crown look like your other teeth?
Yes, dental crowns are often made from materials that feel just like your natural teeth. Also, they are color matched according to your original teeth. Because of their natural-looking appearance, function, and feel, people can’t notice your dental crown next to your other teeth.
Is getting a dental crown painful?
No, getting a dental crown is not uncomfortable or painful. In fact, your dentist may use local anesthetics to numb the area. This will make you feel no pain at all. Moreover, the process is relatively fast and straightforward. A properly fitted dental crown doesn’t cause any discomfort after placement. Talk to your dentist about your concerns.
What aftercare does a crown need?
Dental crowns offer strong, durable support to your broken, decayed, or damaged tooth. However, they need proper care, just like your natural teeth. You should brush and floss all of your teeth and crown. Also, visit your dentist every six months for cleaning and checkups. They will help assess your oral condition.
On the other hand, you must avoid certain oral habits, like chewing on hard objects. Avoid biting your nails or opening packages with your teeth. And if you clench or grind your teeth at night, ask your dentist about a mouthguard to protect your teeth and crown.
If you are looking for a dental crown or a checkup, contact Smile Artisans. We have been helping patients across Cypress to achieve and maintain artistic smiles for many years.
HOW TO CHOOSE A DENTAL CROWN MATERIAL
Choosing a dental crown material depends on which tooth you’re talking about. We should take into account all factors, including durability, aesthetics, maintenance, and affordability. Anyway, the best choice is a gold crown. Because it protects the tooth root, other teeth and resists damage and discoloration.
However, a natural-looking smile is most important to the majority of patients. And so, we worked so hard to help them achieve the desired shade. By considering this preference, we recommend you apply metal crowns on the innermost molars. Since molars are hidden at the back of your mouth, they require strength but not much aesthetics. You would definitely need a crown there that won’t chip or break easily.
We recommend porcelain crowns for your front and top teeth. Natural-looking crowns are most crucial there since they are in the center of your smile. On the other hand, composite crowns can be helpful for lower front teeth in some cases.
Lastly, a porcelain-fused metal crown is best for your canine or premolar teeth. Not many people can notice the grey line that comes with this type of crown. So you can enjoy your hearty meal, raw vegetables, nuts, etc., as porcelain-fused-metal crowns can provide a considerate amount of strength. But then again, they are not as strong as a metal crown.