Your teeth are an important feature of your smile. You do everything you can to keep them healthy and beautiful. However, sometimes, damage happens. You might fall, or you may bite down on something too hard. When damage happens, your smile and your confidence are affected. The good news is that National Dental Hicksville can help restore your damaged teeth, and your smile, with dental crowns.
What are Dental Crowns?
When your teeth are damaged, not only do they affect the appearance of your smile, they also become weak, and vulnerable to further destruction. A dental crown is a “cap” that covers the entire visible portion of your damaged tooth. It provides strength and protection for a compromised tooth while restoring its appearance.
Materials to Restore Your Smile
There are several different materials that are used for making dental crowns. Metal crowns are the strongest crowns available and are rather popular for use on the molars in the very back of your mouth. They have been in use the longest, having been used for several decades. While their strength is unparalleled, they do have a few disadvantages. The biggest disadvantage of metal crowns is that they are highly visible, being silver or gold in color. They can also be an issue for those who have allergies to metal.
Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns consist of a metal base that is covered in porcelain, providing a more aesthetic appearance. Porcelain mimics the natural color and shine of your teeth. However, there is a thin metal line that often shows through the porcelain, and can sometimes be seen when you smile.
Ceramic crowns (made entirely of ceramic) are the best aesthetic option. Ceramic imitates the light reflecting and color properties of natural enamel. It is also a fairly strong material, although not as strong as metal, and can withstand normal biting and chewing forces. With a ceramic crown, your tooth is well protected, and your smile is completely restored.
Dental Crown Procedure
Dental crowns only require the use of a local anesthetic. The affected tooth needs to be prepared, a process that involves trimming, or removing, a portion of the tooth’s enamel. This ensures that the crown will fit in naturally with the rest of your teeth. Once the tooth is prepared, an impression of your mouth is taken. The impression is used to design and fabricate your customized crown in our lab. It can take up to two weeks for your crown to be ready, so you will be provided with a temporary crown to protect your tooth in the meantime. When it is ready, we check it for proper fit and then cement it in place.
Maintaining the Beauty of Your Restored Smile
Crowns do not require any specialized care. They can, and should, be cared for just like the rest of your natural teeth. You should brush and floss daily, to keep plaque and oral bacteria at bay. Avoid biting and chewing on anything too hard, as things like ice or other hard foods can chip the ceramic. Moreover, you should continue to maintain regular dental visits for cleanings and exams.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
There are several benefits to dental crowns:
- Ceramic crowns blend in perfectly with the rest of your teeth.
- They can provide strength and protection for a weak tooth.
- Crowns protect a tooth following a root canal.
- They are also used to anchor a dental bridge in place.
With a ceramic crown, not only is the health of a damaged tooth protected, your beautiful smile is restored. Contact National Dental Hicksville at (516) 629-5086 to schedule your consultation today.