Dental crowns are a popular restorative treatment that protects teeth that have either faced extensive damage due to decay or undergone a root canal. A crown will protect the tooth from further damage while giving the patient the strength they need for daily activities such as proper chewing. While they do not last forever, they should last about ten years or more before needing replacement. There are some reasons you may not have heard about patients asking for a dental crown at Richard D. Weigand, DDS. Here are some lesser-known reasons patients ask for a dental crown.
Conceal Tooth Discoloration
Professional teeth whitening is one of the most popular and powerful cosmetic dental treatments. This treatment is in incredible demand due to the amazing results it can provide in whitening teeth. However, there are situations where teeth may not respond to a tooth whitening treatment due to them being permanently stained or discolored. When this is the case, a dental crown can be designed to cap the tooth. The crown will be crafted to match the white shade of your other teeth and be shaped to match as well!
Closes the Gap
We can use dental crowns to close gaps between teeth if you do not want to undergo orthodontic treatment. In most cases, to close the gap between two teeth, two crowns will be needed–one for each tooth on either side of the gap. Once your natural teeth have been shaped and prepared, the crowns (specifically designed to fill in the gap) will be placed, and your smile will be gap-free.
Protect Sensitive Teeth
While not cosmetic, some people have sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. If you are tired of cringing when you eat or drink either hot or cold food, a dental crown could be the answer you’ve been seeking. In many cases, temperature sensitivity is due to worn or damaged enamel. Because a crown completely encapsulates the tooth and its enamel, the crown effectively acts as a shield against hot and cold temperatures.