At Ridge Family Dental, we believe that the power of dental care can transform not just your teeth but your confidence and happiness. Your smile is an important part of your sense of self and wellness. A beautiful smile is also a healthy and confident smile. Our team is here to help you find and maintain a brighter, more radiant smile.
Unfortunately, we can’t always have the best dental health. As a result, we need certain dental appliances to restore and protect our smiles. One important tool we can use to create a dazzling smile is a dental crown. Dental crowns are not just a solution to dental issues. They are like artists who sculpt your smile into a masterpiece.
The “Crown” Jewel of Your Smile
Dental crowns are like little caps that cover your teeth. We can create them from a variety of materials, such as porcelain, ceramic, or metal alloys. Our team can place these covers over damaged or weakened teeth to restore their shape, size, strength, and look.
Why Might You Need a Dental Crown?
Life happens, and so do dental challenges. Dental crowns can come to the rescue for several reasons.
- Fractured or Cracked: Whether due to an injury or biting into something hard, a fractured tooth can cause a lot of pain. It can also compromise the look of your smile.
- Extensively Decayed: When a cavity is too large for a filling to restore the tooth effectively, a crown becomes the guardian that shields it from more damage. A crown can prevent bacteria from entering your tooth.
- Weakened by a Root Canal: Following a root canal procedure, a tooth may become brittle. A dental crown provides the reinforcement it needs to endure daily chewing and biting. Without a crown, your tooth could be prone to breaking.
- Misshapen or Discolored: Sometimes, a tooth may not have the ideal shape or color. A crown acts like a cosmetic magician, enhancing the look of your pearly whites.
Are Dental Crowns Uncomfortable?
Not at all! The process of getting a dental crown is painless. We can use local anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable during your procedures. After the initial placement, you may experience mild discomfort for a day or two. However, we can easily manage this pain with over-the-counter pain relievers.
How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?
Dental crowns are durable and can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. It is possible for them to last even longer with the proper care. If you have good oral hygiene, you can improve the lifespan of your crown. Additionally, you should avoid chewing on hard objects because a crown can crack. Furthermore, regular dental check-ups can contribute to the longevity of your dental crown.