A beautiful smile enhances your confidence more than you might realize, but sometimes life has other plans in mind. It’s not uncommon for a person to experience tooth loss for various reasons. As we age, our mouths change and our bone density is sometimes affected, causing tooth loss. Additionally, we also know that tooth loss can be caused by any number of factors, including accident, trauma and even oral health problems. We don’t know who might end up missing teeth or why, but we do know for certain that it has a very lasting negative effect on your life.
At Great Smiles, we want our patients to feel good about their smiles. We want you to show off your teeth with pride and happiness, and we do not want you to feel that your teeth are in any way a hindrance to your overall happiness. That’s why we offer our patients the opportunity to have a dental crown installed. Not only do crowns help with the aesthetic approach to your life, but also with the overall health of your mouth.
What is A Dental Crown and Who Needs Them?
Dental crowns are more complicated to discuss than they are to live with. A dental crown is pretty much a cap that goes over an existing tooth. It allows the tooth to become more normal looking by restoring its shape and functionality. It helps the tooth become stronger as well as improve the overall look. Most people appreciate them more for the look that it provides than for the functionality and the actual work it does, and that’s perfectly fine.
Now that you know what a crown is, you might be wondering whether or not one is right for you. The simple answer is that we don’t know until our dentist can get into your mouth and see for themselves. However, we do know that there are many people who are usually great candidates for a crown. Do you have any of the following issues?
- A cavity that is too big for a filling
- The desire to cover a discolored tooth or one with a strange shape?
- A missing tooth that requires a bridge
- Root canal treatment that requires a crown to protect the tooth in place
- Something to cover a dental implant
Made from many different materials, our dentist at Great Smiles will take a look at your mouth and your oral health to determine which is right for you. It might be anything from a metal alloy to a ceramic, porcelain or composite resin material that works well for you. Our dentist at Great Smiles often use a mixture of materials in an effort to ensure that the color of your teeth is met as closely as possible. We want your crown to look as natural as possible so that no one can tell you have had dental work done.
Placement of A Crown
Once the decision is made to provide you with a dental crown, our dentist get to work. Once the crown has been created, we then go into your mouth and begin the process. The outer portion of the tooth will need to be removed before anything else is done so that the crown fits. If you have decay on the tooth, that is also removed. Sometimes you need additional structure to support a crown, and that is added onto the top of the existing tooth to make it possible.
Following that, you have an impression made to help build the crown. Our dentist then get to work building a crown that fits the existing tooth and you will be given a temporary crown while you wait. Once the crown is ready to go into your mouth, usually around a week or two later, you will be called back into the office. The temporary crown is then removed and the permanent crown is placed into your mouth. Now you can smile with ease and welcome the new confidence you’ve found in your mouth.
Should I Get Dental Crowns?
Many patients find that dental crowns are their preferred solution for broken or damaged teeth. Patients may be a candidate for dental crowns if one or more of the following apply:
- Broken or damaged tooth that needs to be protected, including protection from breaking
- Broken or worn down tooth that needs to be restored
- Dental bridge needs support
- Tooth implant needs to be covered
- Protect a tooth that has a large filling
- Broken, discolored, or misshapen teeth that need corrected
- Cosmetic alteration
Crowns as Part of Your Smile Makeover
Like other types of aesthetic dental treatments, crowns can transform the way your entire smile looks. But, they also serve a very important role – restoring the function and durability of badly damaged or decayed teeth.
When teeth are badly compromised, smaller, cosmetic dental fillings are not appropriate. Unlike a restoration that “fills” the damaged portion of a tooth, a crown surrounds the entire tooth so that the structural integrity is preserved. This allows the doctor to assist you in retaining your natural teeth, yet completely change the way they look!