If you have a lot of fillings, cracks, chips, or other concerns about your smile, you may be considering cosmetic dentistry options that can help give you back a beautiful smile. Dental crowns are one popular choice for teeth because of their many benefits, but crowns may not be the right choice for everyone. If you want a more attractive and healthy smile, check out some things you should know about dental crowns.
Multiple Materials Available
Dental crowns are made from different materials, including metal, composite and porcelain. All-porcelain dental crowns are made completely from porcelain, and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns have a layer of metal for added strength.
Metal crowns are common on back teeth for their strength and durability, but for front teeth, composite and porcelain crowns are more desirable because they are tooth-colored. Porcelain also has other properties, such as being translucent, which makes this material look more like natural teeth. Porcelain, however, is weaker. If you want porcelain crowns on back teeth, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns may be the best way to protect your teeth.
Weak Teeth Assistance
If your teeth are weak, dental crowns may be the best way to prevent future problems, including:
- Chips and cracks
- Tooth infection
- Tooth shattering
Teeth aren't just weak because they have big cavities or an infection; teeth can be weak from big fillings. Therefore, even after you have the cavity removed or a root canal treatment performed and the filling placed, the tooth is forever weakened. Dental crowns strengthen teeth because a crown gives the teeth a new solid surface with no vulnerability spots that could cause the tooth to break.
Fixed Cosmetic Concerns
Many people choose porcelain crowns if they also have cosmetic concerns to correct on one or more teeth. Common issues corrected with dental crowns include:
- Cracks and chips
The crowns hide the imperfections and make the teeth look straight and flush with one another. Plus, the porcelain is resistant to stains, so you may never need to worry about dingy teeth again. On the downside, however, dental crowns are resistant to teeth whitening. If the crowns do change color, you'll have to replace them to get a white smile once more.
Before getting dental crowns, know that the process is permanent. In order for the crowns to fit, our skilled team will carefully remove the tooth's enamel. Without the enamel, the tooth is susceptible to decay, infection, and sensitivity, but the crown acts as the new enamel.
Unfortunately, dental crowns don't last forever, so you'll need to consider the cost of the original crown and any replacements. Luckily, insurance often covers some of the cost if the procedure is medically necessary to strengthen teeth.
Your teeth may lose their enamel, but dental crowns protect better than enamel. Bacteria can eventually eat through your enamel if you don't keep your teeth clean, but crowns act like an impenetrable barrier against bacteria and plaque. Continue great oral hygiene, however, because plaque and bacteria can still irritate the gum line. If irritation causes the gums to recede, plaque has easy access to your tooth root.
It's important to protect your teeth, but if you've made some mistakes in the past, there are procedures that can help restore the beauty of your smile and give you back better functionality and oral health. Crowns are one of these helpful procedures that can be worth every penny of the cost.
For more information about dental crowns and how they can help your smile, give Teresita V. Hernandez, DDS, a call, or shoot us a message today to schedule an appointment.