Are your teeth worn down, chipped, broken, or otherwise damaged? If they are, chances are that you don’t smile all that much, and that’s sad, because everyone should be able to smile. Or, for that matter, throw their head back and laugh out loud.
If damaged teeth are adversely affecting your quality of life, you should consider dental crowns. It’s a treatment that a restorative dentist can provide, and it will not only restore the appearance of your damaged tooth, it will make it even stronger and more stable by protecting the tooth’s surface from any further damage. Think of a crown as a sort of fortress that shields your tooth from any more harm, while also restoring it to its original appearance.
A crown can be created from several different materials, but most restorative dentists prefer porcelain. That’s because it looks most like a real tooth.
When you visit Dr. Sudman at Atrium Family Dental to have a crown created, he will use a local anesthetic to numb your tooth. Then he’ll use dental tools to remove any decay, and use a special compound to make an impression of the tooth so that the crown will fit properly. That impression will be sent to a lab that will make your crown.
Because you care about your appearance, and also to ensure that you can eat properly and there won’t be any areas that cause you discomfort, he will also create a temporary that will stay in place until the lab delivers your permanent crown. When your crown has been made, Dr. Sudman will bond it in place.
Crowns are incredibly durable. If you take care of them properly, they’ll last for approximately fifteen years. They don’t require any special care – a crown won’t decay, because it’s created from man-made materials and not subject to the damage that plaque and bacteria can cause. Of course you should still brush and floss as you normally do so that your natural teeth stay healthy. The only thing that can harm your crown is grinding your teeth – and of course that will harm your natural teeth as well.
Crowns are indistinguishable from your natural teeth, because the material used to make them is translucent and lustrous, just like your own teeth. Unless you choose to tell people that you have crowns, no one will ever know. They can be colored to look just like your own teeth, but unlike your own teeth, they won’t stain. And because they’re cemented securely to your own teeth they won’t slip or slide like dentures or bridgework. They also won’t affect your speech the way bridgework and dentures can, and you won’t have to worry about bone loss or discomfort, which are other problems associated with bridgework and dentures.
Smile, Smile, Smile!
Obviously, crowns have many advantages over other types of treatments. The biggest advantage is that you’ll get your beautiful smile back. If you’ve been reluctant to smile, or if you’ve been trying to avoid opening your mouth much when you speak because you’re afraid that people will see your damaged teeth, crowns will restore your self-confidence. You can talk, smile, and laugh uproariously without feeling embarrassed.
Call Dr. Sudman today at 815-462-9990 to talk about the advantages of dental crowns, or use the form on our Request Appointment page. We’ll help you get your smile back!