What exactly do dental crowns (caps) do? At the office of Dr. Michael J. Aiello, we place crowns of all sorts for a number of reasons. Is your first dental crown on the horizon? Here are some of the ways you can expect to benefit from your new full-coverage restoration:
1. Protection for Your Tooth
The most obvious purpose of a cap is to strengthen a tooth when its enamel is weakened by fractures or cracks. Without a crown, your damaged tooth would probably need to be extracted in the not-so-distant future.
2. Stop Decay in Its Tracks
The goal of a crown is to create a snug seal around a tooth to prevent bacteria from reinfecting it. Decayed areas are completely removed before the crown is placed. After getting your crown, it’s up to you to keep it clean so that cavities don’t come back.
3. Fill the Gap
An underdeveloped tooth may leave an awkward gap between itself and its neighbors. Crowning it helps to fill in the extra space.
If the crown is meant to support a dental bridge, then the restoration will be placed over healthy tooth.
4. Brighten Your Tooth Color
You might opt to crown a tooth simply because it’s badly discolored. Trauma can cause a serious color change in a tooth that can’t just be bleached out. A white dental crown is the final and most complete way to mask stubborn discoloration in a tooth.
5. Counter the Effects of Bruxism
Bruxism is the unconscious habit of grinding and clenching your teeth. If you have this habit and it’s serious, you could fracture or wear down teeth and existing restorations. Crowns are sometimes used to protect teeth that are biting against already crowned teeth.
If the thought of getting your first dental crown makes you a bit nervous, we understand entirely. But don’t let your anxiety distract you from the great benefits of this unique restoration! Dr. Aiello would be happy to meet with you to discuss any of your concerns. Contact us today.