Benefits of Dental Crowns
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Do you have a seriously decayed or broken tooth? Before considering an extraction, think about the benefits of dental crowns. A dental crown is a permanent, natural-looking solution to both functional and cosmetic dental issues. It is simply a full covering for your natural tooth, and it will allow you to retain the tooth when a filling cannot do the job.
When it comes to the benefits of dental crowns, the most obvious one is that it will last considerably longer than a filling alone, and it will protect the underlying structure of the damaged tooth for quite some time – decades, even.
Dental crowns are created from porcelain. This is because porcelain most closely resembles a natural tooth in terms of strength and appearance. Once a crown is made and installed, it will not stain, and it will never decay. You have to keep in mind though, that the benefits of dental crowns do not include permanency if they are not properly cared for. You still have to brush and floss, and you still have to see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. This is because even though your crowns are impervious to damage, your gums are not. You could still develop infections, and even gum disease. If this happens, your crowns could fail.
Crowns Look and Feel Like Real Teeth
Other benefits of dental crowns are that they look completely natural, and are indistinguishable from your natural teeth. When your dentist makes a crown for you, he or she makes sure that the color matches the rest of your teeth, and also that the shape is consistent with your adjacent teeth. Crowns fit seamlessly into your mouth, and if you do not want to tell anyone that you have had crowns made, your dental restoration can be a secret between you and your dentist.
The only down side to crowns is that they are among the more expensive restorations. If you are considering crowns as a cosmetic dentistry treatment, you might want to talk with your dentist about the possibility of porcelain veneers, which can correct many of the same defects. If the issue is a problem with your bite, or broken teeth, though, crowns may be more appropriate.
Contact Your Dentist in Washington DC
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of dental crowns, or arrange a consultation, contact us at L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts. We are conveniently located at L’Enfant Plaza SW #8210, Washington, DC 20024. You can reach us by phone at 202-488-8300, or arrange an appointment by using the link on our Contact Us page.
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