When it comes time to restore your smile and rebuild your confidence, you might want to take a closer look at porcelain crowns. Even though these devices have been used for decades, they are still one of the most effective ways to improve the appearance and function of one’s smile after damage has taken place. Whether you are struggling with ongoing cosmetic issues or serious oral health problems, we encourage you to look at how these devices work and why you might want to consider them.
A Quick Look at Dental Crowns
Every tooth can be divided into two basic parts, including the roots and a clinical crown. A dental crown is a small piece of porcelain that completely encapsulates the clinical crown after it has been damaged. Much like removable devices such as dentures, crowns are custom-made for each patient. They are designed to look and feel just like the natural teeth around them. On average, a modern dental crown will last for around 20 years with the proper aftercare. Even though porcelain crowns are extremely durable, they can crack or become stained if the patient is careless.
What Can Be Treated with Porcelain Crowns?
Crowns can be used to treat almost any oral health condition that affects the teeth, but they are generally not appropriate for minor cosmetic issues. Those who are struggling with smaller chips or external tooth discoloration may want to speak with our dentist about other treatment options. As for more severe forms of damage, a crown can be used restore your smile and protect the root of your tooth. Porcelain crowns are typically needed when a tooth has become so damaged that it cannot be restored with fillings or whitening treatments.
Additional Information About Crowns
Once a tooth has been prepared for this procedure, the patient will need to wear a crown for the rest of their life. That is because a significant amount of enamel must be removed in order for the crown to fit in place.
Once the crown is in place, it can be treated just like a natural tooth. You should be able to enjoy most of your favorite foods, but anything that could damage your natural teeth could damage the crown as well.
How Can Porcelain Crowns Benefit You?
At Andover Smiles in North Andover, we proudly offer porcelain crowns and take treatment a step further by also offering one-visit crowns, eliminating the need for temporary crowns. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more about how dental crowns can benefit you.