What Is There to Know about Dental Crowns?
With so many exciting new options in the world of cosmetic dentistry, you may be surprised to learn that crowns are still popular options for repairing and improving the look of teeth. Although crowns have been used extensively for decades, newer changes to the look of crowns have made them match your teeth better and last longer. If you are not familiar with this cosmetic dental treatment or have recently had treatment with a crown recommended to you, check out this quick guide that will give you the basics of what you need to know.
Crowns Are Customized
A crown is not a one-size-fits-all treatment. While we will put on a temporary crown until we are able to get in the perfect crown for you, your permanent crown will be customized based on a mold taken from your tooth. We then send this mold away to a laboratory where it will be expertly sculpted for your mouth. We can also customize the color of composite resin crowns to match the color of your teeth.
Crowns Can Protect Your Teeth
Most often, crowns are used to protect teeth that are chipped, cracked or broken. They are also used to cover teeth that have had extensive drilling work done on them. Once part of your tooth is drilled away, the tooth becomes weaker and can more easily crack. A crown protects the tooth from future damage as well as from sensitivity if enamel has worn away.
Crowns Can Be Used for Aesthetic Benefits
However, you may choose a crown merely for its aesthetic benefits. A crown can cover chips and stains that may make your smile look imperfect.
Crowns May Not Be Permanent
All crowns should last a minimum of 5 to 10 years. However, with good home care and regular dental examinations, some dental crowns can last from 20 to 30 years. Therefore, if you are still young, you may need to get your current crown replaced someday.
Of course, we can answer all of your most pressing questions about this treatment at a consultation with one of our practitioners at Studio B Smiles. We want you to go into your treatment feeling confident in how you want your teeth to look. Many times, we can use crowns, which are safe, low-risk cosmetic dental treatments, to give you the beautiful smile of your dreams.