Restoring a tooth is not just about restoring cosmetic appearances. The main objective is to help restore the tooth to its original functionality by reinforcing it and getting back its once-held structural integrity. It is precisely this function that a dental crown fulfills by preserving a damaged tooth that has suffered from deterioration, fractures, or a root canal. At Amherst Village Dental we offer the care our patients need to get back to smiling confidently and using their teeth as expected.
Reasons Why Patients Get Crowns
Root canal treatment involves extracting and replacing the infected pulp in the middle of the tooth. The operation will prevent a tooth from needing to be extracted, but it still leaves the tooth weaker than before. To maximize the likelihood of the tooth being with the patient for the rest of the patient’s life, it is advised to have a crown placed on a tooth that has undergone a root canal.
Although crowns are intended for structural repair purposes, some people prefer to have a crown to repair imperfections. A well-placed, properly shaded crown will blend in with natural teeth and is a great choice for this purpose.
When a tooth has fractures or damage from decay that impair its strength and functionality, a dental crown may restore both the structural integrity as well as the damaged tooth's cosmetic appearance. A typical dental bridge uses 2 crowns with the pontic teeth in the center. Bridges are a great way to restore multiple teeth in a cost-effective manner.
How Long Is the Life of a Dental Crown??
There are several variables that decide just how long someone can have a crown last. It is incredibly important to take good care of a crown by brushing twice a day and not placing a large amount of pressure on it. Additionally, patients must be mindful of staining when it comes to the materials prone to pigmentation such as composite resin.
Another factor in a dental crown's longevity is the materials that are used to produce it. Different types of crowns are available including porcelain, composite resin, and gold. Porcelain looks more similar to what a real tooth looks like and is especially strong and stain-resistant. Composite resin can also blend in with surrounding teeth, although it is not as durable as porcelain and can stain over time. Gold is known to be one of the longest-lasting and most robust crown materials and can be with an individual for 25 years or more for comparison, a porcelain crown can last up to 15 years on average while a resin crown can last up to 10 years.
If You're in Need of Tooth Restoration, We're Here for You.
Our selection of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic services at Amherst Village Dental will help you fortify your smile and resolve your oral health care issues. You can call our office at 603-769-8985 to arrange an appointment, a consultation, or a dental procedure. Call today to find out if crowns are the answer to your oral health care questions.