Dentists have many tools at their disposal when it comes to treating smile problems. One of the most important ones is dental crowns. Crowns are extremely versatile, taking care of a variety of both cosmetic and restorative dental issues. They’re one of the most essential tools a dentist has.
Cosmetic Dental Changes
Discolored teeth are one of the most problems people come to us with. Traditionally, professional teeth whitening is the solution for discolored teeth. But not all stains and discoloration respond to the traditional treatment. If you have staining from something like medication or your tooth is now discolored due to trauma, traditional whitening doesn’t work.
Misshapen or disfigured teeth are also cosmetic eyesores in your smile. However, they often come with functional problems as well. You may not be able to chew or speak as well as normal because of the defect.
Because crowns completely cover the tooth, they cover any disfiguration you may have. They’re shaped to match the rest of your teeth so that they blend in seamlessly. You get back full functionality in the tooth as well. To treat tooth discoloration, crowns are color-matched to the shade of white that you desire.
Strengthening Natural Teeth
One of the most common uses for dental crowns is to strengthen a natural tooth after a root canal. During a root canal procedure, the dental pulp inside is removed. A biocompatible material replaces this pulp and the tooth is sealed. A dental crown is often used as the last step to make sure that the tooth is stable and that you get back full functionality.
Traditional dental bridges use natural teeth as anchor teeth for the bridge. Without fortification, it puts a lot of pressure on your natural teeth. They break down faster and are at higher risk for tooth decay and other problems. Using a dental crown helps bring more strength to the tooth. You have to worry less about any damage being done to your actual tooth cos a crown takes on the stress.
Treating Extensive Damage or Decay
At our practice, we preserve natural tooth structure as much as possible. Losing the tooth root can have detrimental impacts on your oral health. Crowns let us preserve that even in extreme situations. Even if the tooth is severely damaged or decayed, we may be able to preserve it and give you back functionality.
A crown replaces the part of the tooth that’s been damaged or decayed. It fills it back out, both in look and function. A crown helps you get back the use of your tooth again. If your tooth is broken into pieces, it helps to hold it together to preserve as much as possible.
Finishing a Dental Implant
A custom dental crown is the most popular option to finish a dental implant. It’s the final restoration, designed to match the rest of your smile. A crown finishes a single dental implant, while a fixed bridge or denture can be the choice for multiple dental implants.
Schedule an Appointment
Dr. Jason Petkevis provides quality dental crowns in his Chester Springs, PA dentist office. Do you think a dental crown can take care of your dental problem? Call us or schedule an appointment online.