Sometimes teeth may become damaged due to injury or tooth decay. When this happens, the patient and their dentist must decide if the tooth can be saved and how much can be saved. A dental crown is a way to both save an existing tooth and repair it so that it can be used for biting and chewing while also maintaining the appearance of your smile.
Crowns are custom-made to resemble your existing teeth and cover the damaged tooth from the chewing surface down to the gum line. Dr. Mark Sowell of Sensational Smiles can create and place crowns for his patients for both medical and cosmetic purposes. While you may have heard of dental crowns, you may not understand how they can help your teeth look and function better.
At our Plano, TX dental practice, Dr. Sowell wants his patients to understand the treatment options available to them and their advantages. Read on to learn about the benefits of dental crowns and how they can help restore your oral health
Crowns help relieve discomfort.
Dr. Sowell often uses dental crowns to complete a restorative treatment, repairing damage to a tooth’s enamel or structure. If you suffer from extensive decay, an infection of a tooth’s root, or injury to your tooth enamel such as a fracture, chip, or break, you may feel pain when you eat or drink. If the issue is severe enough, you may have constant discomfort. Once Dr. Sowell addresses the underlying issue with your tooth with an appropriate treatment (filling, root canal, etc.), the remaining portion of the tooth may still be vulnerable to further damage or discomfort. A dental crown can protect your tooth against further damage while also reducing sensitivity.
Crowns are a simple procedure.
You might think that getting dental crowns is a complicated or intense procedure. In reality, this treatment is minimally invasive and relatively straightforward. Once your enamel is cleaned and the damaged parts healthy or removed, Dr. Sowell will shape your tooth so that it can securely hold a crown.
Next, he will make a mold of your tooth from which your crown will be cast. This process will usually take about two weeks. You will be given a temporary crown in the meantime. When it’s ready, Dr. Sowell will place it over your prepared tooth and it will be held in place with a strong bonding cement.
Crowns are custom-made for you.
Dr. Sowell and our dental lab team will design your dental crown according to match the shape, size, and hue of your existing tooth. Once the slight soreness around the area subsides, you will most likely forget you even have a crown and most people probably won’t be able to notice unless you tell them.
Crowns can restore the appearance of teeth.
Dental crowns are mainly intended to restore teeth to health and relieve dental discomfort, but they also offer numerous cosmetic benefits. Because they fit over the existing tooth, they can instantly correct discoloration, staining, misshapen teeth, crookedness, chips, cracks, fractures, and more.
Therefore, they can be used to correct some purely cosmetic issues, much like porcelain veneers cosmetic bonding, however, this may not be covered by your insurance. Consult with Dr. Sowell’s dedicated staff about what your insurance will and will not cover.
Crowns last many years.
Dr. Sowell uses strong materials to create our patients’ dental crowns. With conscientious care such as daily brushing and flossing, as well as routine examinations and cleanings at Sensational Smiles or your area dentist, these prosthetic teeth can last between 15 and 30 years.
Enjoy the Advantages of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns can help you restore and enhance your smile and Sensational Smiles would like to help you receive these benefits if you need them. If you’re in the Plano, TX area, contact us online or call (972) 382-6855 to find out more about these treatments or any others or to schedule a routine cleaning.