When teeth become damaged, whether from injury or tooth decay, it’s important to repair it using the right treatment. A dental crown is one of the options available to dentists to repair damaged teeth and preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible. Crowns allow you to use the damaged tooth for biting and chewing and look like your natural teeth.
Dental crowns are made to resemble your existing teeth and are custom-fitted to each patient’s mouth. They can be used for both medical and cosmetic purposes.
Dr. Jason Petkevis of Dental Distinction in Chester Springs, PA offers dental crowns as a restorative and cosmetic treatment to patients looking to repair damaged teeth. Read on to learn about dental crowns and how they can protect your oral health.
1. Crowns are a simple procedure.
You might think that getting dental crowns is a complicated or intense procedure. In reality, this treatment is minimally invasive and relatively straightforward. Once your enamel is cleaned and the damaged parts healthy or removed, your dentist will shape the tooth so that it can securely hold a crown.
Next, your dentist will create a mold of your tooth for the crown to be cast. The crown itself is made in a dental laboratory and usually is ready in about two weeks. You will be given a temporary crown in the meantime. When it’s ready, your dentist will secure it over your prepared tooth with a strong bonding cement.
2. Crowns help relieve pain from damaged teeth.
Dental crowns are often used to complete a restorative treatment, repairing damage to a tooth’s enamel or structure. If you suffer from extensive decay, an infection of a tooth’s root, or injury to your tooth enamel such as a fracture, chip, or break, you may feel pain when you eat or drink. If the issue is severe enough, you may have constant discomfort.
Once your dentist addresses the underlying issue in your tooth with an appropriate treatment (filling, root canal, etc.), the remaining portion of the tooth may still be vulnerable to further damage or discomfort. A dental crown can protect your tooth against further damage while also reducing sensitivity.
3. Crowns can restore the appearance of teeth.
Dental crowns are mainly intended to restore teeth to health and relieve dental discomfort, but they also offer numerous cosmetic benefits. Because they fit over the existing tooth, they can instantly correct discoloration, staining, misshapen teeth, crookedness, chips, cracks, fractures, and more.
4. Crowns are custom-made for you.
Our dental lab team will design your dental crown to match the shape, size, and hue of your existing tooth. Once the area surrounding the tooth heals, you will most likely forget you even have a crown and no one will be able to tell.
5. Crowns last many years.
We use strong materials to create our patients’ dental crowns. With conscientious care such as daily brushing and flossing, as well as routine examinations and cleanings at Dental Distinction, these prosthetic teeth can last between 15 and 30 years.
Enjoy the Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns can enhance your natural smile and protect your teeth from further damage. Schedule an appointment with Dental Distinction online or call us at 610.400.1459 to find out whether they’re right for you!