When a tooth gets damaged, it is important to protect it to prevent further issues. Additionally, if you have a tooth that is embarrassing due to its shape, size, or discoloration, addressing it can be immensely beneficial. One of the best ways to go about fixing either issue is getting dental crowns. These crowns, available here at our East and West Bradenton offices, can help restore both function and appearance to teeth. There is a long list of benefits associated with this treatment option.
What to Expect with Dental Crowns
Prior to beginning, the tooth and surrounding gum are numbed. Any decay is removed. The tooth is then prepared to support the crown. A temporary crown can be placed while your permanent crown is being precisely created. You will then have a follow-up appointment where your temporary crown is removed and the permanent one takes its place.
Initially, the crown may feel odd in your mouth. You may find that your tongue is drawn to the area. This is normal. Over time, you will adjust to the crown and it will function and feel just like any of your other teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
Are you wondering why and when dental crowns may be useful? This popular option may be the perfect solution for you if you need help:
- Holding together a tooth that has cracked or otherwise broken
- Protecting a tooth that has had its enamel worn away
- Covering a dental implant to protect it
- Covering a tooth that has had a root canal
- Adding length or width to a tooth
- Covering up a discolored tooth
Dental crowns are a great option in these situations because:
- They can last 5-15 years or longer if properly cared for
- They have a very high success rate
- They allow you to chew normally on the tooth
- They can be crafted to blend with the surrounding teeth
How to Care for Dental Crowns
How long your new dental crown lasts depends largely on how well you take care of it. It will be important to thoroughly brush and floss every day. You may want to avoid chewing particularly hard foods directly with your crown. As always, regular dental visits are important to your overall oral health.