Have you had dental care that involved the placement of a crown? If so, you were the fortunate recipient of restorative dentistry that enabled you to retain the adult tooth, continue to use it naturally and fully, and all without any further pain or discomfort. Dr. Grant Burdick of Designed Smiles in Brea, CA provides different kinds of restorative dentistry, and encourages our patients to discover the amazing benefits of dental crowns.
As your dentist in Brea, Dr. Burdick will suggest a crown when a tooth is damaged, traumatized, or decayed to such a degree that it requires permanent support and protection. This, however, illustrates one of the best benefits of dental crowns, which is that they enable you to retain an adult tooth rather than facing extraction or loss.
A crown is not as it might sound. When we think of crowns, we think of rings of metal worn around the head. A dental crown is more like a cap or durable sleeve that is placed over the remainder of a tooth’s crown (after it has been treated as necessary) and it works just like the original tooth. However, it now covers it and shields it from damage or decay.
As you might guess, another of the benefits of dental crowns is that they resist staining or wear, and this mean you can eat just as you always did. What it does not mean, though, is that you can ignore oral hygiene. The crown can still fail if you develop gum disease, so you need to do daily brushing and flossing along with getting regular exams and cleanings in our office.
Another of the benefits of dental crowns is that they look exactly like your other teeth, which is why some cosmetic dentists will use them to improve the looks of a deeply stained tooth. For example, you may have a tooth that has been discolored from the interior of the tooth for years. This is not going to improve with whitening, and Dr. Burdick may suggest you have a crown placed to improve the appearance of the tooth, and your smile!
If you have additional questions about the benefits of dental crowns, or about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Brea, CA office at 714-529-0100. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly. To learn more about dental crowns, read our dental crowns overview.