About to get a dental crown? Here’s what you should know about this restoration first.
We think you’d agree that maintaining your own natural teeth is essential for your confidence, appearance, and health. Unfortunately, everything from cavities to injuries can leave us with weak, damaged teeth. What now? This is when your Marlborough, MA, general dentist Dr. Jas Arora might recommend getting a dental crown. Here are some things to know about this tooth-shaped restoration.
THEY STRENGTHEN TEETH
One of the main purposes of a crown is to help restore the tooth back to its full strength after an injury, decay, or infection. A crown is made from a durable material such as porcelain, which protects and encapsulates the tooth’s natural structure to prevent further damage to the tooth. If you have cracked, fractured teeth, or teeth that require a root canal, then our Marlborough, MA, will often place dental crowns to make teeth stronger.
THEY MAINTAIN YOUR TOOTH’S FUNCTION
We probably don’t need to tell you that your jaws are incredibly strong. In fact, our second set of molars alone have a bite force between 1,000 to 1,300 Newtons, which is stronger than an orangutan. If you continue to bite down and chew on a damaged tooth that it’s only going to damage the tooth further. By placing a dental crown, our team ensures that function is restored to the tooth so that you can chew and bite properly without worrying about additional wear and tear.
THEY OFFER COSMETIC BENEFITS
Each crown that we provide our patients is crafted to fit their needs and goals. While a crown offers some pretty important restorative benefits, we can’t overlook the fact that a porcelain or tooth-colored crown also offers esthetic advantages. Crowns are custom-made, which means that we can craft them to the ideal shape, size, and color to improve the appearance of the tooth and hide discolorations or misshapenness.
THEY CAN LAST YEARS
A dental crown can last up to 15 years with the proper care. This means that you need to practice good oral hygiene and also avoid any habits or activities such as teeth grinding, nail-biting, or eating certain hard foods, which can damage the crown, cause excessive wear, or cause the crown to fall off. Proper oral care is paramount to maintaining your new restoration for many years to come and caring for the crown is as easy as brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist for checkups.
Do you think your smile could benefit from a dental crown? Our Marlborough, MA, dentist Dr. Arora can examine your teeth and decide if a crown is the ideal restorative dentistry you need. To schedule a dental evaluation with our team, call Oxford Smiles today at (508) 251-1701