Are you committed to taking better care of your smile this year? If so, you may realize that preventive dentistry is important. Unfortunately if it has been several years since your last dental checkup, you may discover that you have developed a cavity in that time. If you have recently suffered an injury to your mouth, you may also require restorative dentistry. In general, restorative dentistry is the only way to protect teeth that have become damaged, either due to trauma or decay, because teeth cannot repair themselves the way many other body parts can. So if you want to improve your overall oral health, consider the potential benefits of receiving a porcelain crown.
An Oral Trauma Can Cause Problems for Your Teeth
If you have been involved in an accident that led to trauma to your mouth, your teeth may have been damaged. Not all damage is visible either. While it’s often easy to spot a chip or crack, sometimes an injury causes intrinsic damage. It’s always best to schedule an appointment with a dentist after any kind of incident that might affect your oral health.
Crowns are frequently the preferred form of restoration after oral trauma because a crown can seal the tooth against direct wear, which can minimize the risk of a chipped or cracked tooth from worsening with time. Crowns are built to withstand the pressure of chewing, allowing the teeth beneath them to remain protected.
When Else are Crowns Useful?
Many people don’t realize that porcelain dental crowns also make excellent forms of prosthetic dentistry, particularly when used as part of a dental bridge or dental implant. Crowns can be made to look natural, while also providing a strong form of tooth replacement, making the ideal for addressing the loss of one or even several teeth.
Bridges actually use crowns to anchor a replacement tooth. The bridge, made of crowns, is attached to remaining teeth to help stabilize the prosthetic.
When a dental implant is selected, it involves surgically inserting a titanium post into the jawline to help permanently stabilize a prosthetic tooth, such as a full crown.