Dental crowns are a versatile, commonly-used solution to prevent tooth extraction. When a tooth becomes damaged due to injury or tooth decay, or as part of a restorative treatment such as a root canal, Dr. Pamela Cain often uses dental crowns to seal and protect the natural tooth. Crowns offer a way to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible, which is our priority. Learn more about how dental crowns can restore your smile with Knoxville, TN dental office East Tennessee Periodontics.
1. Dental Crowns Help Relieve Pain and Discomfort
Crowns are used to repair 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. Cain 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.
2. It’s 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. Cain will shape your tooth so that it can securely hold a crown. Next, she 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. The final stage of the dental crown treatment is attaching the final crown to the tooth with a strong bonding cement, making it a permanent part of your smile.
3. They’re Custom-Made For A Personalized Fit
Our dental lab team will design your dental crown 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.
4. Dental Crowns Restore Your Appearance
While they are mainly intended to restore teeth to health and relieve dental discomfort, crowns 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.
5. They Can Last A Long Time
Dr. Cain 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 East Tennessee Periodontics, these prosthetic teeth can last between 15 and 30 years.
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