6 Advantages of Dental Crowns
Dentists often suggest dental crowns when patients have deep cavities, worn down teeth, or cracked teeth that compromise their oral health. Dental crowns, or caps, are custom restorations that completely cover a single tooth. They support and protect a tooth when there is inadequate natural tooth structure for just a filling.
Patients in Charlotte, NC, can receive dental crowns using modern same-day technology. Drs. Jeffrey Kleinheinz and Katrina Ashlin offer patient-centric restorative dental treatments without sacrificing convenience, comfort, or cosmetics. Read on to learn more about the benefits of dental crowns.
Dental professionals place crowns on top of damaged teeth to hide dental imperfections and protect them from harmful bacteria. Dental crowns rebuild teeth damaged by large cavities or trauma. When teeth are excessively worn down, misshapen, or small, crowns add volume to the tooth. They can also conceal deeply discolored teeth. Additionally, dental crowns can replace a missing tooth when attached to a dental implant.
At our office in Charlotte, NC, we create crowns using CEREC same-day software. Traditional crowns typically require more than one visit, temporary restorations, and are produced in a dental lab. This process can take multiple weeks.
Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic (CEREC) crowns are more technologically advanced and require less time from start to finish. Our dentists use computer-aided design and manufacturing to create crowns in a single appointment. CEREC crowns fit like a glove on the patient’s tooth thanks to digital impressions.
3. Rescue Damaged Teeth
Trauma, stress, and cavities destroy enamel (the protective outer coating on the surface of the teeth). Sometimes, a tooth becomes so fragile that a dentist can only save it with a tooth extraction or a dental crown.
When a dentist decides to preserve a damaged tooth, they prepare the tooth by cleaning and reshaping it, then reinforce the crown with a unique adhesive. Once the procedure is complete, patients regain full function of the tooth.
4. Prevent Further Decay or Damage
A cracked or decayed tooth that isn’t treated will likely become a tooth that needs to be extracted. To prevent an extraction, dentists clean the tooth and remove damaged portions, and then apply a crown to protect what’s left of the tooth. The tooth underneath the crown can still be damaged to bacteria, so regular dental cleanings are still important.
5. Improve Chewing
Chewing and eating are often affected when a tooth is damaged or missing. Crowns restore the function of healthy teeth so that patients can enjoy their favorite foods with virtually no restrictions.
Dental crowns are built to last and are more durable than other types of restorations like fillings, inlays, and onlays. Dental crowns also outperform both dental bonding and veneers. When properly cared for, crowns can easily last more than 10 years.
Schedule a Dental Crown Consultation
If you have questions about dental crowns, reach out to our practice to learn more. Call (704) 542-6003 or message us online at your earliest convenience to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kleinheinz or Dr. Ashlin in Charlotte, NC.