Do you need restorative dentistry to deal with a problem like a cracked tooth, or even pain caused by a cavity or infection? Did you delay dental checkups for several years, only to discover that you have now developed several dental issues? If so, now is a great time to schedule an appointment with a restorative dentist. A dentist can help address those issues causing you discomfort, in a way that helps to restore your oral health and often even improve the look of your smile. In many cases, the way a dentist will restore the smile is through the use of a dental crown.
Is a Crown Right for Your Smile?
For many patients and various circumstances, the best form of restorative treatment is a dental crown. Dental crowns provide a tight seal against further decay, and also prevent chips and cracks from worsening with wear. Crowns can also protect teeth that have been damaged due to subconscious teeth grinding.
One of the most popular forms of dental crowns is porcelain, a material prized for both its ability to blend seamlessly with a smile, and its durability. Porcelain crowns are often recommended when a damaged tooth is in a highly visible area, such as the front of the smile. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can also be used, especially if the tooth affected is a back tooth, which bears a great deal of the pressure of your chewing.
Porcelain crowns can often last ten years or more, with proper dental care, making them a great long-term investment in the smile.
For teeth in need of restorative treatment, more than a dental filling can provide, a crown may just be the answer. Talk to your dentist about whether a crown is right for your circumstances and your smile.