When your teeth are damaged, your smile is greatly affected. Not only that, but some damage to your teeth can compromise your oral health. Cracks in the teeth can grow larger. Damage can extend into the dentin, causing serious infections. At National Dental Oakland Gardens, we offer dental crowns, which can restore both the health and the beauty to your smile.
WHAT ARE DENTAL CROWNS?
Damaged teeth ruin your smile and seriously compromise your oral health. A dental crown is a kind of “cap” that seals a damaged tooth. The crown covers the visible portion of your natural tooth. A dental crown has many important functions. It holds together a cracked tooth. It provides strength to a weak tooth, preventing it from shattering. It protects your tooth from the bacterial invasion that could ultimately end in an infection. Depending upon the type of crown, it can also cover up the damage, restoring the appearance of your teeth.
WHAT MATERIALS ARE USED FOR CROWNS?
There are a few different types of materials that are used for dental crowns. Metal (silver or gold) have been around the longest. Metal crowns are also unsurpassed in strength and are essentially indestructible. They can last 50 years or more. However, despite their strength, they do have one major disadvantage – their color makes them extremely visible. They are also not ideal for those with metal allergies.
Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns combine the strength of metal with the aesthetics of porcelain. The metal that covers your tooth is coated with ceramic, made to look like the rest of your teeth. It can even be stained and finished to blend in perfectly. A thin metal line might show through the porcelain. However, it should be noted these crowns might irritate the gums of those with metal allergies.
Ceramic crowns (entirely ceramic) are the best option for cosmetic needs. They can be stained and finished to perfectly blend in with the rest of your natural teeth. Ceramic also imitates the light reflecting properties of your teeth’s enamel. While they are not as strong as metal, they can withstand normal biting and chewing forces, making them the perfect choice for teeth visible in your smile.
HOW YOUR TEETH ARE REPAIRED
The procedure for your dental crowns starts with preparing the tooth. This is done under a local anesthetic. We trim, or remove, some of the enamel from your teeth, which makes room for the crown to fit in amongst the rest of your teeth. After the tooth is prepared, we then take an impression. This impression is sent to our lab, where your crown is designed and created. It can take as long as two weeks for your crown to be ready, so you will be provided with a temporary crown to protect your tooth until your final crown is ready. Once the permanent crown is finished, we will check to make sure that it fits properly and comfortably. Then, after we have established the fit, we will cement it securely into place.
DENTAL CROWN CARE
There is no special care required for dental crowns. They can be cared for just like the rest of your natural teeth. You should continue to brush and floss daily, which will help to prevent gum disease. While the crowns themselves cannot experience damage from plaque and bacteria, they can still collect it. Make sure to avoid biting or chewing on anything hard, such as ice. Moreover, it is important to maintain twice-yearly dental visits. During these visits, we will check on your crowns, along with the rest of your teeth, to ensure that they are in tip-top shape.
BENEFITS OF DENTAL CROWNS
There are several benefits to dental crowns:
- They provide strength to teeth that are damaged or weak.
- They protect your teeth from bacteria and infection.
- Ceramic crowns blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth.
- They can also be used to seal a tooth following a root canal and cover the screws on dental implants.
Damaged teeth can have a significant impact on your oral health, your smile and your confidence. Call National Dental Oakland Gardens today at (718) 407-0574 to find out if dental crowns are right for you.