Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. However, life is rarely that easy. Accidents happen. Stains collect on teeth. And because people are living longer than ever, the chances of having damaged teeth at some point grows. Dental crowns are a restorative treatment. This means they restore the function of your teeth. At our Nashua, NH dental office, you can get crowns for almost any tooth. Here are five ways dental crowns can help your smile.
- Crowns repair damage caused by tooth decay that’s too big for other methods. Harmful bacteria can live on your enamel. They feed off tiny particles of food and drink left behind when you eat. (That’s why sugar and carbs are bad for your teeth. They’re both packed with energy and help bacteria thrive.) These bacteria also secrete an acid that decays enamel. This tooth decay is what creates cavities. If you catch a cavity soon enough, it can be repaired with fillings, inlays, or onlays depending on where the decay is on your tooth. If you don’t catch that decay, it keeps growing. Soon enough, so much enamel is decayed that traditional repairs won’t work. There’s just not enough healthy enamel to hold onto. That’s where a dental crown will come in handy. Because it rests over the entire visible part of the tooth, it will hold the tooth tightly. It also covers over all damage so you can eat normally again.
- Crowns seal up a tooth after root canal therapy. The same bacteria that can cause tooth decay can cause worse problems. If they get inside your tooth, they can infect the pulp there. (How do they get inside? One way is when a cavity creaks through to the pulp.) Sometimes, it’s not an infection. The pulp can become inflamed by damage from injuries as well. Either way, you are likely going to be in a tremendous amount of pain. In both cases, the best way to save the tooth and end the pain is through root canal therapy. The dentists at our Nashua, NH dental office will make a small hole in your enamel. Then they carefully remove the parts of the pulp giving you problems. This leaves the tooth open for reinfection. To prevent that, we place a dental crown over the tooth. This seals up the damaged area, but it also looks great.
- Crowns cover over cosmetic problems, even intrinsic stains. You’ve probably noticed your teeth do not look as well as they should. As you get older, your teeth can show wear-and-tear. Stains can collect from coffee, wine, and more. Accidents from hockey or even soccer can chip and damage your teeth. Even taking a tumble on a bike ride can hurt. There are several cosmetic ways to treat this problem, but dental crowns do double duty. Once placed, they cover the visible part of your tooth. They are also made to look exactly like a healthy, attractive version of that tooth. Crowns hide the damage so no one sees it. That can help with intrinsic stains. These are discolored part of your enamel buried deep. Teeth whitening cannot penetrate that deep. Dental crowns are one of the few treatments for these stains.
- Crowns protect teeth that are weak or damaged. Those injuries are much more than a cosmetic issue. A tooth with a chip, hairline crack, or something similar can give you some discomfort or pain when you eat. Such damage doesn’t stay put, either. Over time, those cracks can grow and get worse. They might even let bacteria infect your dental pulp, requiring root canal therapy to fix. Worse, your damaged tooth is at risk of breaking open. One bad accident, and all of those nerve endings in the pulp are not exposed to the air. Dental crowns cover damage with strong porcelain or stronger porcelain-fused-to-metal will keep your tooth safe.
- Crowns are used in dental bridges to replace missing teeth. Missing a tooth is both a cosmetic and health problem. Sure, no one wants to smile knowing they have this strange gap between their teeth. It tends to make you look older, too. Food particles can collect in that space. This gives more food to the bacteria behind tooth decay and gum disease. That’s why it’s so important to get a replacement in that space. Dental implants are great, but they require oral surgery. A non-invasive option is the dental bridge. This uses three dental crowns: one on each tooth next to the gap, and one that will fill the gap. The three are connected, meaning that replacement will be held there securely.
Dental crowns can help your smile look great and work again. If you are having problems with your teeth, call us at 603-546-7460 for a new appointment.