Dental restorations come in all shapes and sizes, and there is always a way to fix whatever is wrong with your teeth. There is one particular solution that can do many jobs – the porcelain crown, also known as dental crowns or caps. They are hollow, tooth-shaped restorations designed to look like your natural teeth and fit over tooth to correct whatever problem it has, including the following examples.
1. Tooth Decay
Tooth-colored fillings are amazing and blend right into your tooth enamel so no one knows you had work done. However, when an area of tooth decay is large and a significant amount of enamel must be removed to eliminate the decay, the tooth becomes weaker and even a filling won’t make it strong and sturdy. A customized dental crown, however, will create a robust tooth and conceal the entire problem.
2. Broken Filling
Fillings are meant to last for a long time, but sometimes they just don’t. They can crack, break, and even leak, issues that often come from biting down wrong, grinding your teeth, or suffering a blow to the mouth. A substitute filling is usually not the best repair for problems like these. Quite often, when a filling is damaged, it takes healthy enamel along with it and there is nowhere to put in a new filling. A porcelain crown covers up the whole tooth instead for a strong, long-lasting solution.
3. Crooked Tooth
If you have long been frustrated by a crooked tooth ruining the entire appearance of your smile, a dental crown can make it go away. You don’t always need Invisalign or another type of orthodontics for your entire mouth just to straighten a few teeth. A carefully customized crown can cap the tooth that’s out of alignment and create the perfect, straight smile you want.
4. Uneven Bite
It’s easy to assume that all teeth erupt at the same height and align together so you never have trouble biting or chewing. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. When teeth don’t meet up properly, this can make eating as well as speaking very difficult – and it stresses the TMJ joint which can lead to teeth grinding and clenching problems and serious pain. Placing dental crowns on the shorter teeth can even out the surfaces for a proper meetup of the upper and lower arches of teeth.
5. Stains and Discoloration
When you have a tooth that is permanently discolored, you may feel like there’s nothing you can do to change this – but you can. A porcelain crown is carefully constructed in color and size to fit over the offending tooth and allow it to blend in with the rest of your smile. Teeth whitening might not be your answer, but a crown is.
Whatever oral health issue you’re dealing with, chances are a porcelain crown might be able to fix it. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Charmaine Johnson at Premier Smile Center to have your smile looked at and find out what dental restoration is right for you.