The Benefits of Dental Crowns
Discover how dental crowns can protect and strengthen your smile.
While our natural teeth are strong and withstand a lot of abuse, accidents can happen that can cause serious damage. When severe decay or trauma affects the integrity of your tooth, this requires immediate treatment from your North Charleston dentist to ensure that further damage does not ensue. If you’ve damaged your tooth extensively, we may recommend dental crowns. Find out all about dental crowns, when they are used and why they are beneficial.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are tooth-like caps, often made from porcelain, that go over the top part of your tooth to cover and protect severely damaged teeth from further damage.
Why do I need a dental crown?
If your tooth has sustained severe damage either from injury or decay, then you may need a dental crown to preserve the natural tooth and prevent further complications. Your North Charleston dentist will often place a dental crown over a tooth that has just undergone root canal treatment.
What are the advantages of wearing a dental crown?
Dental crowns are designed to look just like a real tooth; therefore, we can create a crown that will not only function like a regular tooth but also may even look healthier and better.
Dental crowns are also the best way to preserve the integrity of your natural tooth and to improve function. By fitting your tooth with a crown you prevent further damage and the possibility of requiring a tooth extraction and then additional tooth loss treatments.
How long does a dental crown last?
Dental crowns are durable and the majority of them will last up to 15 to 20 years, with the proper care.
Do dental crowns require special care?
Dental crowns are created to act and look just like real teeth, so you should also treat them just like real teeth. This means continuing to brush and floss your smile, including your dental crown. While artificial teeth cannot develop decay, it’s still possible for decay to grow in between your crown and surrounding natural teeth.
If you are displaying signs of a damaged or infected tooth, it’s important to seek treatment right away. While dental crowns aren’t always necessary, they can be a great way to preserve and restore your natural tooth. Call North Rivers Dental Associates today about getting dental crowns in North Charleston.