It’s easy to take your teeth for granted. We only realize their importance once we get a damaged tooth, and tasks that seemed simple become challenging to do. Even eating or talking can be difficult when your tooth is damaged. Also, damaged teeth can affect your looks and self esteem.
However, Dr. Lisa Browning at Aspire Dental Spa have found the perfect remedy for your damaged teeth - using porcelain crowns. These dental crowns offer an effective and easy fix and are highly praised in the dental industry by doctors and patients.
What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a synthetic cap that covers the damaged tooth to restore function and appearance. Dental crowns are placed snugly over the damaged tooth, making it appear like any other normal tooth.
Dental crowns are made from many materials, but the most common dental crown is made from porcelain.
Porcelain performs better and looks more natural than metal crowns. Since porcelain is aesthetically similar to natural teeth, they are most commonly used by patients with a damaged tooth at the front of the mouth.
Dental crowns are placed on one or multiple damaged teeth. Depending on the extent of the damage, our doctor at Aspire Dental Spa will decide whether you only need one crown or more. Multiple crowns are mainly used for extremely damaged teeth to allow easy placement and application.
Dental Crown Vs. Dental Filling
While both dental fillings and dental crowns use similar materials, such as porcelain, the purpose of both is entirely different. As their name suggests, while a dental crown covers damaged teeth, a dental filling is used to fill a cavity in the teeth.
Dental fillings are used to treat teeth that have minimal damage and slight tooth decay. The cavity is cleaned and filled. On the other hand, dental crowns are used to treat teeth that have severe damage or tooth decay.
Benefits Of Porcelain Crowns
Many patients feel unsure about getting a dental crown or leaving the damaged tooth as is. However, the many benefits of dental crowns may compel you to contact Aspire Dental Spa to schedule an exam.
Dentals Crowns Improve Teeth Health
Damaged teeth can cause many problems and can adversely affect your health. Damaged teeth can cause pain. A damaged tooth increases mouth sensitivity to temperature and pressure. The open cavity exposes the tooth nerve, and due to the damaged state of the tooth, it fails to protect the nerve against stimuli.
Hence, your nerves become sensitive to temperature and pressure changes and react strongly, causing pain when you eat or talk.
Additionally, damaged teeth increase the risk of infection. Since the enamel is absent, the teeth become susceptible to bacterial infections. This could result in decaying and plaque buildup.
Porcelain crowns can restore and cover such cavities and help you treat decayed or diseased teeth. They also improve the strength of weak teeth, so you get your chewing power back.
Dentals Crowns Improve Appearance
Tooth damage can cause us to feel insecure about our appearance. However, porcelain crowns return the natural appearance of our teeth.
Porcelain crowns can match the color of teeth and look more natural than metal crowns. Additionally, porcelain crowns are customized to match the shape and texture of your teeth, so you don’t feel any different than you did before you damaged your tooth.
Dentals Crowns Can Restore Function
Be it chewing, grinding, or crushing; our teeth have been made strong enough to allow us to eat almost anything edible. However, a damaged tooth can make the simple tasks of eating challenging. Eventually, you may create a diet around your damaged teeth, missing out on your favorite food.
Porcelain crowns give your teeth their natural structure and strength. They are durable enough to last more than 15 years and can protect your teeth from decay. Dental crowns sit comfortably in your mouth, so you don't feel anything out of the ordinary when chewing or biting.
Dental Crowns Are Completely Safe
Dental crowns made from porcelain are safe and have no adverse side effects. Additionally, unlike most metal components, porcelain crowns are made of biocompatible materials that do not cause an allergic reaction.
Porcelain is made from all-natural materials such as kaolin and petunse. These affordable and non-toxic compounds make porcelain crowns the perfect fix for damaged teeth.
What To Expect When You Get A Dental Crown
Having a dental crown placed is simple and can be completed in two appointments. During the first appointment, Dr. Lisa Browning will take an x-ray of your mouth to assess the damage. Then, they will file down your damaged tooth and make an impression to create a custom crown. A temporary porcelain crown is placed on your teeth until the custom crown is complete to avoid problems.
About two weeks after your first appointment, the temporary crown is removed, and the porcelain crown is checked to measure your natural teeth. If the crown matches, it is cemented over the damaged tooth.
While there is little pain during the procedure, you will be given local anesthesia to numb your gums, and you may be given over-the-counter painkillers to manage any residual pain.
Caring For Your Porcelain Crown
Once your porcelain crown is placed, it's important to take proper care of it, so it lasts a long time. Taking care of your porcelain crown is similar to taking care of your natural teeth. You must brush your teeth at least twice daily, floss, not chew on hard items, and visit the doctor every six months for checkups.
Schedule A Consultation For A Dental Crown
Dr. Lisa Browning is skilled in placing dental crowns and can help you decide whether porcelain crowns are the right choice for you. If you are thinking of getting dental crowns or a dental filling, schedule an appointment with Aspire Dental Spa by calling us at (216) 342-4388.