If you have damaged teeth that are chipped, broken, or cracked, then dental crowns might be just what you need. The restorative treatment not only improves the look of your teeth but also enhances function so you can chew and bite with ease. At Gentle Dental Eagan in Eagan, Minnesota, Dr. Michael examines your mouth and overall oral health to determine if porcelain crowns are the best option for you. Below, our team explores the top five benefits of these custom restorations.
Crowns are extremely durable and offer long-lasting results. Because these restorations are made from medical-grade ceramic, they can last upwards of 20 years with proper care. Crowns are built to withstand daily wear and tear, including biting and chewing forces. This means that patients can eat their favorite foods with peace of mind.
Patients don’t have to take any extra steps to maintain dental crowns. Simply follow your normal oral hygiene regimen, including brushing and flossing daily. Patients also should visit Dr. Michael regularly for check-ups to examine their crowns and ensure they are performing as intended.
Want to know another reason why crowns are a great option? They provide a natural appearance that mimics the look of your natural teeth. First, the crowns are made of a ceramic that is similar in color to teeth. The material also reflects light like natural enamel for a seamless look.
Second, crowns are customized to meet the specifications of each patient. Dr. Michael takes impressions and images of your teeth, which are sent to the lab. From there, the crowns are customized to match the size, shape, and color of your teeth, so they blend in perfectly in your smile.
Crowns are not only used to enhance appearance but also to strengthen damaged teeth. When teeth have become weakened due to decay, gum disease, or root canal therapy, crowns add necessary reinforcement. The crown – or cap – is placed on the natural tooth to hold it together and prevent further damage. As a result, patients can maintain more of their natural tooth structure and promote oral health.
The majority of patients tolerate crowns well without any side effects because they are made of high-quality, hypoallergenic porcelain. These types of crowns work great for patients who may be allergic to other materials, such as metal. Patients can enjoy a comfortable experience without any sensitivity or allergic reactions.
The treatment process for receiving crowns is straightforward and typically only involves two visits to your dentist. During the first appointment, the dentist takes impressions and images of the teeth. He also preps and shapes the tooth so the final crown can fit securely. Dr. Michael typically places temporary crowns while the permanent ones are constructed.
Once the crowns are ready, you return to the office to have them placed. The dentist first checks that the size, shape, and color are appropriate. Finally, your doctor cements the crown into place.
Do you want to learn more about porcelain crowns? If so, please contact our Eagan, Minnesota, office at 651-452-5511, or you can schedule an appointment online.