A single crown is the most common prosthodontic restorative procedure performed each year in the United States, according to the American College of Prosthodontists. More than two million crowns are placed each year!
At Advanced Smile Dentistry in Toms River, New Jersey, David Basar, DDS, and his team want you to have the best possible oral health, and that may mean saving your natural tooth with a dental crown. If you’ve broken or chipped a tooth, you may think that having it pulled is your only choice, but dental crowns can strengthen and reinforce your natural tooth.
Along with returning the function of your tooth, a dental crown is attractive and blends in with your natural teeth. Following are three reasons you may benefit from a dental crown.
1. You have damaged teeth
Simply living can cause damage to your teeth. Every time you chew, your teeth wear down a little, and after a lifetime of chewing, you may notice the wear and tear. Decay and injury can lead to chipped or broken teeth.
Many people have a condition called bruxism, which involves grinding your teeth in your sleep. Bruxism can cause excessive wear on your teeth as well as leave them weaker and more liable to crack or break.
Sometimes you might thoughtlessly use your teeth to rip open a plastic bag, or even open a bottle. Things like chewing on a pen cap or ice can cause damage too.
In these kinds of situations, Dr. Basar may be able to install a dental crown to stabilize your tooth. A crown prevents further cracking or chipping, and allows you to keep your teeth.
We also can use two crowns to keep a dental bridge stable, if you have one.
2. You’ve had a previous root canal
During a root canal, your dentist drills a small hole into your tooth in order to clean out decayed and infected matter in the area around your tooth’s roots.
Once the decayed and infected material is removed, Dr. Basar may cap your tooth with a crown in order to protect it. Your tooth will be stable and still look good.
3. You’d like a nicer smile
A crown can also be used for cosmetic purposes. Even if your tooth isn’t damaged or decayed, you may have a flaw you’d like corrected. Dental crowns can:
- Hide a large filling
- Close a gap
- Cover discoloration
Additionally, your crown is stain-resistant, so you won’t need to worry about whitening. Of course, careful and consistent dental hygiene is still important, so brush and floss daily.
Could a dental crown work for you?
If your tooth needs protection or restoration, you’re looking to improve your appearance, or all three of these things combined, a dental crown might be the right option for you.
Crowns are durable, so you don’t need to worry about having them replaced. Most crowns last about 10 years as long as they’re properly cared for.