A few years ago, I realized that I was thinking about dental care all wrong. Instead of listening carefully to my dentist and making the necessary changes, I assumed that he was ultimately responsible for making sure that my teeth stayed healthy. Unfortunately, I developed a few serious cavities because I failed to properly brush and floss my teeth, and I knew that it was my fault. I decided to start taking notes at my dental checkups and carefully abiding by the dentist's orders. The difference was almost miraculous. This blog is all about working with your dentist to improve your result.
At some point, your dentist may tell you need a crown. Your first question is likely why you need a crown and why it is the best option for your situation. A crown has many benefits that you should know about before you decide to move forward. Here are some benefits to a dental crown:
The main goal of a dental crown is to protect the tooth underneath it. Your dentist will make every effort to save a tooth before it has to be removed. It is healthier to leave as much healthy, natural tooth behind rather than removing it. However, the tooth left behind may not be strong enough to be left on its own. A dental crown is there to ensure it does not suffer further damage that could result in an extraction. A crown is durable and will absorb any force from when you chew food.
If your natural tooth is broken or too worn down, a dental crown can be used to replace it so you can use it like your other teeth. A crown is placed over the entire tooth and extends to the gum line. When the crown is permanently bonded, you will be able to use the crowned tooth just like your other teeth. This allows you to chew without any issues.
Replaces Missing Tooth
A crown can also be used in conjunction with a bridge to replace a missing tooth. If you have a tooth that is missing completely, your dentist can crown the two teeth on either side of the space with a built-in bridge to take the place of the missing tooth. This is a great way to replace a tooth without using a dental implant, for which an orthodontist will install a titanium rod into the jawbone and attach a crown to the rod.
A missing or broken tooth can severely impact the appearance of your smile. A crown can help restore your smile to its normal appearance. If you have some teeth that are not in good shape, you can ask your dentist about capping your teeth with crowns that are custom made for your mouth. This way, you still look like yourself since the crowns are designed to match your existing teeth.
If you have any questions about dental crowns, or if you think a crown can help your smile, be sure to schedule a consultation with your orthodontist. To learn more about restorative dentistry, contact a company in your area like AQ Denture and Dental Implant Center.