Dentists strive to preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible when a tooth is damaged. A broken or cracked tooth, or one with a cavity, doesn’t mean that tooth cannot be repaired. In fact, dental crowns allow the natural tooth to stay in place so it can still be used for biting, chewing, and maintaining your natural smile’s appearance.
Dr. Durning Moore’s mission is providing Charlotte NC patients the highest standard in dental care. We place crowns for both medical and cosmetic purposes, and we want to ensure our patients understand how they help your teeth look and function at their best.
1. Crowns reduce and prevent tooth pain.
Crowns are often used as the last step to complete a restorative treatment, repairing damage to a tooth’s enamel or structure. If you suffer from extensive decay, an infection of a tooth’s root, or injury to your tooth enamel such as a fracture, chip, or break, you may feel pain when you eat or drink. If the issue is severe enough, you may have constant discomfort.
Once your dentist addresses the underlying issue with your tooth with an appropriate treatment (filling, root canal, etc.), the remaining portion of the tooth may still be vulnerable to further damage or discomfort. A dental crown can protect your tooth against further damage while also reducing sensitivity.
2. Crowns are simple.
You might think that getting dental crowns is a complicated or intense procedure. In reality, this treatment is minimally invasive and relatively straightforward. Once your enamel is cleaned and the damaged parts healthy or removed, the tooth is prepared so that it can securely hold a crown. Next, your dentist will make a mold of your tooth from which your crown will be cast. The crown is prepared in a dental lab and you’ll receive a temporary crown until it’s ready to become a permanent part of your smile.
3. Crowns can restore the appearance of teeth.
Dental crowns are mainly intended to restore teeth to health and relieve dental discomfort, but they also offer numerous cosmetic benefits. Because they fit over the existing tooth, they can instantly correct discoloration, staining, misshapen teeth, crookedness, chips, cracks, fractures, and more. Therefore, they can be used to correct some purely cosmetic issues, much like porcelain veneers cosmetic bonding, however, this may not be covered by your insurance. Consult with our dedicated staff about what your insurance will and will not cover.
4. Crowns last a long time.
Our patients’ crowns are designed with longevity in mind, using durable materials to ensure a perfect, long-lasting fit. With conscientious care such as daily brushing and flossing, as well as routine examinations and cleanings, these prosthetic teeth can last between 15 and 30 years.
Dental Crown Benefits in Charlotte, NC
Contact us online today or call our office at (704) 275-5323 to learn more about these restorative benefits to your smile.