3 Times When A Dental Crown Is A Good Call
Dental crowns have become a standard part of restorative dentistry. That’s true at Parkway Dental and at dentist offices across the country.
Many people either have not needed a dental crown or may not realize how a crown could help their smile.
Our dentists want all our patients in Snellville, Lawrenceville, and other Georgia communities to understand the ways that dental crowns could help them. Whether you need one today, you need one in a few months or a few years, or you never need one, we want you to know some of the things dental crowns can do for you.
Below you will find three scenarios in which a dental crown is a great solution.
A Bad ‘Filling’ About This
A man who we’ll call John had a cavity when his was a teenager.
Since then, he has done a great job of taking care of his teeth. That includes replacing his filling each time it has become worn down from wear and tear.
John also knows that a new filling is needed to occasionally to protect his tooth against a new cavity. He also knows that each time he gets a new filling, the dentist removes a little more of his tooth.
Looking ahead, he knows that at some point, another filling won’t be possible. Even if it is, he wonders how often he wants to keep getting his filling replaced.
He could resolve this issue once at for all by getting a dental crown the next time his filling needs to be replaced.
First and foremost, a dental crown will last longer than his dental fillings. Second, the dental crown can be made to look like his natural teeth do it will blend in with the rest of his smile.
Third, his dental crown is strong enough to function as well as his real teeth.
Often, we take our teeth for granted. We use them every day for the things that we need them to do like eating.
But sometimes we do things we shouldn’t, like use our teeth to open things or chewing on the caps of pens. Sometimes, we even do things like chewing on ice or biting down on hard candy. This can wear down our teeth or cause small chips.
Then again, the damage to our teeth can occur in an instant.
Inattention could cause us to get hit in the mouth with baseball or football. A fall could leave us striking out mouths on a hard surface. These situations could cause our teeth to break.
The good news is we don’t have to leave our broken, chipped, and worn down teeth looking that way. Again, dental crowns can help.
In this case, a dental crown will be used to restore the form and the function of your tooth. Again, you smile will look like it normally would, and you will be able to continue eating the foods that you enjoy eating. Just remember to be careful about what you bite into.
Lost And Found
Millions of Americans are missing at least one tooth.
At one time, you would have had two options for how to fill in that gap in your smile.
The first option would have been a traditional bridge. To start, we would reshape the two teeth that are closest to your missing tooth. (Coincidentally, this is similar to the process used to prepare damaged tooth for a dental crown.)
A bridge composed of three crowns would be made, and the two crowns on the outside would be bonded to the teeth that were reshaped. the tooth in the middle would rest over your gums and fill in the space between those teeth.
The second option would be a kind of denture with a crown in the place where your missing tooth was. This isn’t always the strongest or most stable replacement, but it does not require reshaping teeth that may be healthy.
Thanks to dental implants, you have a third option today. After the implant is placed in your jaw, we can attach a dental crown on the end. This gives it the appearance and the function of a real teeth.
It doesn’t require doing anything to the adjacent teeth, and it will remain firmly in place.
All This And More
We could list more ways that dental crowns can help restore or improve your smile, but we’ll save that for another post at another time.
For now, just remember that Parkway Dental can help you get a dental crown if and when you ever need one. You can call our dentists in Snellville, GA, at (770) 676-1122 or you can contact us online to make an appointment or to ask us your questions about our dental crowns.