Our teeth are an important part of our life. In fact, they are probably one of the most important factors leading to a healthy and happy life that people tend to overlook. Just consider what would happen if you were no longer able to speak or sing or eat the kind of food that you love—the world might seem like a much drearier place, right? Especially as your health suffered from a poor diet. Luckily, modern dentistry has a number of ways to help ensure that your teeth remain strong and in place. Dental crowns, for example, are a good option that works to strengthen your teeth and keep them functional inside of your mouth.
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What are dental crowns?
When it comes to keeping your teeth protected, dental crowns are a great option. They work by covering your tooth entirely in order to help protect it from the wear and tear of biting and chewing, as well as offering some additional support to a weakened tooth. To put it more simply, you can think of a dental crown as a safe: it is placed around your tooth to provide some much-needed strength and to keep everything inside of it (your natural tooth) safe and sound. Many people will need at least a crown or two throughout their lifetimes.
What do dental crowns look like?
One of the most common questions we get when it comes to dental crowns is whether or not they will look natural. Not everyone wants to shout about the fact that they had a dental crown placed, after all, which is why we are happy to offer a variety of different kinds of crowns. When it comes to appearing natural, the material of the crown is the most important factor. Some crowns, for example, look silver or even gold. These are ideal for your molars because they provide strong support against the strain and stress of chewing, and they are also less noticeable in the back of your mouth. When it comes to the front teeth, porcelain is a much better material to use as it matches your natural tooth and can even be dyed to match the color of your existing teeth, if necessary. And because your front teeth do not experience as much strain as your back teeth do while speaking or eating, the porcelain is more than strong enough to withstand the wear and tear.
How long does it take to place a crown?
Almost no one wants to make multiple visits to the dentist office—we get it. When it comes to crowns, however, it is important to keep in mind the fact that they are custom created to fit your tooth. This means that you will need to have a mold taken of the tooth in question and then wait for the crown to be made. Then the crown is placed during your next visit.
To learn more information about dental crowns and whether or not they are right for you, give us a call today at (662) 586-2311!