While keeping our teeth healthy isn’t always easy, it is definitely an important part of leading a healthy life. To that end, it is important that you visit us often for exams and cleanings in order to maintain good oral health. It is also important, however, that should you experience strange symptoms or develop something like a cavity, that you get it treated quickly. When a tooth becomes infected or is otherwise compromised, such as by traumatic injury, it can lead to you needing to have work done in order to help treat the tooth and keep it functional. At The Center for Implant and General Dentistry, we are happy to offer crowns to our patients who need a little extra protection for their teeth.
What are dental crowns?
Because keeping your teeth healthy and functional is an important part of life, modern dentists will do their very best to salvage your natural teeth. That means that if at all possible, we will treat your tooth and attempt to keep it in healthy as opposed to replacing it. This is often the best decision for your overall oral health, as missing teeth can lead to all sorts of issues, including gum and bone loss as well as causing your remaining teeth to experience undue strain. Because we work so hard to save your teeth, you might one day find that a particular tooth has undergone treatment and has become discolored as a result. Alternatively, you might experience a traumatic injury to a tooth and find that the same thing has happened – as a result of either the injury or the treatment, the tooth is now discolored and weak.
Dental crowns, are an effective method for making them look better and increasing their strength. They fit over your teeth like a hat fits over your head (they are also known as “caps”) and enhance their strength. This is especially useful for your molars, as they undergo extreme stress and pressure while you eat. Putting crowns on damaged molars can help preserve their life and their functionality.
What do dental crowns look like?
There are a variety of materials from which dental crowns can be made. This includes things like base metal alloy, gold, and porcelain. Base metal alloy and gold crowns are very strong and do a great job of protecting teeth. Because of their appearance, however, they are best suited for teeth in the back of your mouth. Porcelain crowns offer a more natural aesthetic and can help protect your front teeth without detracting from the beauty of your smile.
How long does it take to place dental crowns?
You might be worried that it takes an undue amount of time to place a crown, but in reality, it only takes a few visits to our office. We will take a mold of your teeth and have the crown designed to fit and prepare your teeth for the placement. When your crowns arrive, it will be time to come back to our office and have them placed!
Are you interested in learning more about dental crowns? Give us a call today at (903) 231-6605!