Although teeth are very strong, they can still become damaged due to decay, injury, or infection. When this happens, the patient and their dentist must decide how much of the natural tooth can be saved. In general, dentists like Dr. Srotalina Khanna in Bethesda, MD prefer to keep as much of the natural tooth structure as possible, and dental crowns make this possible. Read on to learn our top 5 benefits of dental crowns to keep your smile comfortable and healthy.
1. Crowns help relieve discomfort.
Dr. Khanna often uses dental crowns to complete a restorative treatment, repairing damage to a tooth’s enamel or structure. If you suffer from extensive decay, an infection of a tooth’s root, or injury to your tooth enamel such as a fracture, chip, or break, you may feel pain when you eat or drink. If the issue is severe enough, you may have constant discomfort. After the appropriate treatment, such as after a root canal, the remaining portion of the tooth may still be vulnerable to further damage or discomfort. A dental crown can protect your tooth against further damage while also reducing sensitivity.
2. Crowns are a simple procedure.
You might think that getting dental crowns is a complicated or intense procedure. In reality, this treatment is minimally invasive and relatively straightforward. Once your enamel is cleaned and the damaged parts healthy or removed, Dr. Khanna will shape your tooth so that it can securely hold a crown. Next, she will make a mold of your tooth from which your crown will be cast. This process will usually take about two weeks. You will be given a temporary crown in the meantime. When it’s ready, Dr. Khanna will place it over your prepared tooth and it will be held in place with a strong bonding cement.
3. Crowns are custom-made for you.
Your dental crown is shaped according to the shape, size, and hue of your existing tooth. Once the slight soreness around the area subsides, you will most likely forget you even have a crown and most people probably won’t be able to notice unless you tell them.
4. Crowns can restore the appearance of teeth.
Dental crowns are mainly intended to restore teeth to health and relieve dental discomfort, but they also offer numerous cosmetic benefits. Because they fit over the existing tooth, they can instantly correct discoloration, staining, misshapen teeth, crookedness, chips, cracks, fractures, and more. Therefore, they can be used to correct some purely cosmetic issues, much like porcelain veneers cosmetic bonding.
5. Crowns last many years.
Dr. Khanna uses strong materials to create our patients’ dental crowns. With conscientious care such as daily brushing and flossing, as well as routine examinations and cleanings, these prosthetic teeth can last between 15 and 30 years.
Enjoy the Advantages of Dental Crowns
Schedule your appointment with Dr. Khanna at Bethesda Family Smiles online or call our office at 301.500.2205 to start restoring your smile today.