A dental crown is a dental prosthesis in which an artificial crown, like a cap, is placed over a tooth. There are lots of reasons you might consider getting a crown, like improving your smile or fixing a broken tooth.
In the Midtown East neighborhood of Manhattan, Doris Giraldo, DDS, provides dental crown treatments at New Dimension Dentistry. She uses modern techniques to achieve optimal results for her patients. Among the most popular restorative and cosmetic treatments, dental crowns protect and strengthen teeth while making them appear healthy and attractive.
What’s a dental crown?
Unlike fillings, a dental crown covers the entire visible part of the tooth. Several materials are available for crowns, including durable porcelain that can be tinted perfectly to blend in with surrounding teeth. The crown is cemented over the top of a tooth that’s been damaged or is misaligned. It’s considered a prosthetic device, and it isn’t removable. A crown also strengthens the tooth underneath.
8 reasons you might need a dental crown
There are many cosmetic and functional uses for crowns. Dr. Giraldo can treat the following conditions with a crown.
1. Tooth decay
A common reason for getting a dental crown is tooth decay, caused by bacteria in the mouth. Tooth decay can attack every layer of your tooth, eventually leading to cavities. A dental crown protects all layers of the tooth, including the sensitive nerves and blood vessels that can cause severe pain when damaged. A dental crown prevents tooth decay from progressing.
2. Cosmetic defects
A dental crown is made of materials that can match the exact color of your natural teeth so that you can say farewell to discoloration. Plus, a crown also fixes teeth that are misshapen, crooked, or too small, improving your smile all around.
3. Fortify a weak tooth
If Dr. Giraldo finds a weak tooth in danger of fracturing, a dental crown is used as a preventive measure. For example, if you have significant damage from a cavity, a dental crown adds extra fortification to protect the tooth from physical damage and bacteria.
Dr. Giraldo will save your natural teeth in every way possible. One way to preserve a cracked, chipped, or fractured tooth is a protective dental crown. If a broken tooth is ignored, it can eventually cause serious, painful problems, ultimately leading to tooth loss.
5. Chew easier for better digestion
The hard enamel of your teeth serves to protect the sensitive dentin and pulp inside them. A dental crown also provides this protection, which helps you chew easier. Thorough chewing is what makes food easier to swallow and digest in your gastrointestinal tract. With missing or damaged teeth, chewing becomes much more challenging.
6. Replace a missing tooth
Missing teeth can cause your jawbone to atrophy and make you feel self-conscious about your smile. Fortunately, a dental crown ensures jawbone health and a bright, confident smile.
7. Dental bridge support
A dental bridge replaces one or more missing teeth with artificial teeth. Artificial teeth are cemented in place with crowns on either side of the missing tooth or teeth. This provides support and protection for your oral health.
8. Safeguard sensitive teeth after a root canal
After a root canal procedure, restoring the tooth’s structure is essential to reinforce the treated tooth. A dental crown provides a protective cap to keep the tooth strong and seal the hole from the root canal infection.
Let’s talk more about dental crowns
Just like your natural teeth, you should take good care of your crowns. Routine dental checkups and regular brushing and flossing will ensure the crown, the tooth, and the gums remain healthy. In addition, it is important to avoid biting hard foods or substances like ice to prevent damage to the crown (or your natural teeth). With proper care, today's state-of-the-art dental crowns will last 10 to 20 years.
New Dimension Dentistry offers expert crown fit and application services. Book your appointment today. Call now or use our convenient online booking tool.