When you need a dental crown, the reason why is sometimes obvious. For example, some of the more common reasons for needing a dental crown include restoring damage to your tooth’s structure, such as a fracture or break, that’s difficult or impossible to ignore. However, there are still things you should know about receiving your dental crown, such as the need to seek treatment as soon as possible and how receiving the crown can affect your smile’s appearance. Today, we explain a few of the things you should know about restoring your tooth with a custom dental crown, and what you can do to help ensure the overall success of your treatment.
Time matters in seeking treatment
The nature of most tooth concerns that warrant treatment with a dental crown involve varying levels of damage to your tooth’s structure. Unfortunately, this structure won’t heal on its own, and the damage it sustains could impact its ability to function properly. The tooth can also become more severely fractured or broken if it isn’t restored promptly. Placing a custom-designed dental crown over the tooth can help stop the damage from getting worse by holding the tooth’s structure together and taking the brunt of your bite’s pressure. The sooner you have it placed, the more of your healthy undamaged tooth structure your dental crown can save.
Think about cosmetic treatment first
Dental crowns are typically recommended for restoring tooth structure that’s been damaged and compromised. However, the need to restore a tooth can often be accompanied by a greater need to improve the overall appearance of your smile, as well. Modern dental crowns can closely mimic the healthy, natural appearance of your tooth, but the crown’s appearance can’t be changed once it’s in place. If your smile can benefit from further cosmetic improvement, then it may be preferable to undergo cosmetic treatment before having your dental crown custom-designed and placed.
Your tooth will still need attentive care
Placing a dental crown over your tooth is an important step in restoring the tooth’s integrity and function. Yet, the tooth structure underneath your crown is still damaged, and it could become further compromised if you don’t consistently care for the restoration and your oral health. This means continuing to practice consistently good dental hygiene every day, without fail, and scheduling regular checkup and cleaning appointments with your dentist at least twice a year.
Learn how you can benefit from a dental crown
Receiving a custom-designed dental crown can help you significantly improve your smile’s health and integrity, but there are things you should know about ensuring your restoration’s success. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.