Are your teeth severely damaged, worn down, or chipped? Crowns can add stability and strength to your teeth by covering the damaged surface and protecting the teeth from additional damage.
Think of a crown as an attractive helmet for your teeth – when a crown is placed over a damaged tooth, it restores it to its original color, size and shape in addition to ensuring that it’s protected.
Crowns offer a number of benefits to the patient whose teeth are damaged.
You can expect your crown to last up to 15 years, depending on how well you take care of it. If you don’t put too much pressure on the tooth – meaning that you don’t clench or grind your teeth – your crown will last a long time.
Crowns are made from porcelain or resin that can be colored to look like the rest of your teeth. They also mimic the translucency and the luster of your natural teeth, so you’ll look as if you were simply born with the smile your crowns have given you. Crowns are also stain-resistant.
Dentures can slide and shift. Crowns, on the other hand, are either cemented over a damaged tooth, or anchored in place using a dental bridge. You don’t have to worry about having your teeth move, shift or fall out at the worst possible moment. You can chew as you normally would, because your crowns will offer you all the functionality of your missing teeth.
Your crown will protect your teeth from any further decay. They can also bind cracked or broken teeth together. Additionally, unlike your natural teeth, your crowns are not vulnerable to plaque buildup.
If you wear dentures, or you have missing teeth, your speech can be affected. No one wants to lisp or slur, but that’s exactly what can happen. With crowns, you don’t have to worry about your jawbone shrinking, further affecting your speech. You can speak confidently, the same way you always have.
Full dentures and partial plates can cause discomfort, and even pain. This is because they rest on top of your gums and your jawbone, and they can shift around in your mouth. Crowns are stable and non-irritating.
One of the worst problems with missing or damaged teeth is that it can make people feel so self-conscious. There are few things more heartbreaking than seeing a person all ready to throw back his or her head and laugh joyously, only to clap a hand over the mouth out of embarrassment and choke back the laugh.
With dental crowns, you’ll not only restore your smile, you’ll get your laugh back.
The technology has come a long way. Not that long ago, dental crowns could take up to three appointments, but now, you can expect to have your crowns created and fitted in just about an hour. At Tribeca Smiles, we use CEREC dental crowns, created from natural-appearing porcelain that will blend in with the rest of your smile in very little time, and last a very long time.
Call us today at 214-473-4444 to learn more or to make an appointment.