Your teeth are strong and hard, but that doesn’t mean they’re invincible. There are numerous factors that cause enamel damage such as facial trauma, severe cavities, bruxism (teeth grinding), or accidentally biting down on hard food. If your tooth incurs a crack or a chip, the overall structure and integrity of that tooth will be compromised. To stop the condition from getting worse, your dentist will likely recommend the placement of dental crowns.
A dental crown is an artificial cap that is shaped to mimic a tooth. It is placed over the damaged tooth to conceal irregularities and discoloration. Generally, dental crowns are designed to improve the appearance, shape, strength, and size of your teeth. Once a dental crown is placed over our tooth, it will completely cover the visible portion that sits above the gumline.
How many visits are needed to place a traditional dental crown? Usually, it takes two visits to your dentist’s office. The process of placing a dental crown over your tooth is highlighted below:
There are various uses of dental crowns. They may be used to:
Dental crowns may also be used by children to protect teeth that are at risk of decay or to save a child’s tooth that has been damaged.
The typical lifespan of a dental crown is around five to fifteen years, but this will depend on how well you care for them. Patients who are diligent in caring for their dental crowns say their crowns lasted longer than 15 years. Longevity will also depend on the material used. According to research, the crowns that last the longest are those made from gold or porcelain.
Dental crowns offer cosmetic and functional benefits. If you want to restore your smile, we can help. At Lifeway Dental, we are devoted to providing you with comprehensive and superior quality dental care. Our years of experience in the industry have given us the confidence and expertise to handle any dental case. If you have questions about our services, contact us today to learn more!