Teeth are strong, but sometimes they can become damaged due to injury, excess wear and tear, or tooth decay. Dentists want to keep as much of the natural tooth structure as possible, and to accomplish this they often use dental crowns. A dental crown can save an existing tooth and repair it while maintaining your natural appearance.
Crowns are designed to resemble and fit over your existing teeth and completely cover the damaged tooth from the chewing surface down to the gums. Dentists can create and place dental crowns for medical and cosmetic purposes.
Oak Lane Dental wants patients to understand the advantages available to them with dental crowns. They can repair damaged teeth and restore your oral health.
Crowns are a simple procedure.
You might think that getting dental crowns is a complicated or intense procedure. In reality, this treatment is minimally invasive and relatively straightforward. Once your enamel is cleaned and the damaged parts healthy or removed, the tooth is shaped so that it can securely hold a crown.
Next, your dentist will make a mold of your tooth from which your crown will be cast. The crown itself is made in a lab and will take about two weeks. You will be given a temporary crown in the meantime. When it’s ready, it is placed over your prepared tooth and it will be held in place with a strong bonding cement.
Crowns are custom-made for you.
Our dental lab team will design your dental crown according to match the shape, size, and hue of your existing tooth. Once the slight soreness around the area subsides, you will most likely forget you even have a crown and most people probably won’t be able to notice unless you tell them.
Crowns help relieve discomfort.
Dentists use dental crowns to complete a restorative treatment, repairing damage to a tooth’s enamel or structure. If you suffer from extensive decay, an infection of a tooth’s root, or injury to your tooth enamel such as a fracture, chip, or break, you may feel pain when you eat or drink. If the issue is severe enough, you may have constant discomfort.
Once the underlying issue with your tooth is addressed with an appropriate treatment (filling, root canal, etc.), the remaining portion of the tooth may still be vulnerable to further damage or discomfort. A dental crown can protect your tooth against further damage while also reducing sensitivity.
Crowns can restore the appearance of teeth.
Dental crowns are mainly intended to restore teeth to health and relieve dental discomfort, but they also offer numerous cosmetic benefits. Because they fit over the existing tooth, they can instantly correct discoloration, staining, misshapen teeth, crookedness, chips, cracks, fractures, and more. Therefore, they can be used to correct some purely cosmetic issues, much like porcelain veneers cosmetic bonding, however, this may not be covered by your insurance. Your dentist will be able to find out what may or may not be covered by insurance.
Crowns last many years.
We use strong materials to create our patients’ dental crowns. With conscientious care such as daily brushing and flossing, as well as routine examinations and cleanings at Oak Lane Dental, these prosthetic teeth can last between 15 and 30 years.
Enjoy the Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns can help you restore and enhance your smile and Oak Lane Dental would like to help you receive these benefits if you need them. Call 419.447.9541 to find out more about these treatments or any others or to schedule a routine cleaning.