Over half of America feels insecure about their teeth. Lack of whiteness is one of the top concerns. If you have a discolored tooth, talk to your local dentist.
They might recommend a dental crown to improve the appearance of your dull or discolored tooth.
What is a dental crown, exactly, and is it the best dental treatment based on your needs? Read on to find out!
What Is a Dental Crown?
First, let’s cover the basics: what is a dental crown?
Dental crowns are a restoration option used to protect and cover a damaged, discolored, or decayed tooth. Dental crowns are made from materials like metal or porcelain. They’re custom-made to suit your tooth’s existing shape.
Your dentist will use dental cement to place the crown over your existing tooth.
There are different types of dental crowns available, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and metal options. Porcelain is most commonly used, as it produces a natural appearance ideal for front teeth. Metal crowns, however, are ideal for back teeth, as they’re more durable.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are ideal for both front and back teeth.
Your dentist will recommend a material based on:
- The tooth’s location
- How much of the tooth is remaining
- The tooth’s function
- The color of your surrounding teeth
- How much of the tooth shows when you smile
- The position of your gum tissue
How long your dental crown lasts can vary based on the material used and how well you take care of it. Usually, they last between five to 15 years.
Who Needs One?
Dental crowns are used for teeth that are cracked, weakened, or severely worn down. However, your dentist might determine it’s the best treatment plan if you have a single discolored tooth. They can customize the dental crown so it matches the shade of your surrounding teeth.
Schedule a visit at your local dentist’s office to determine if you’re an ideal candidate for dental crown treatment.
It usually takes two appointments to have your dental crown placed.
First, your dentist will prepare the tooth receiving treatment by replacing any damage or decay. They’ll make an impression of your tooth to send to a lab. Once the crown is made, you’ll schedule another appointment to have it placed.
To maintain your dental crown (and extend its lifespan):
- Brush twice a day
- Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth
- Floss daily
- Avoid hard foods
- Avoid grinding or clenching your teeth
If you tend to grind your teeth at night (bruxism), let your dentist know. They might have you use a night guard to protect your teeth at night. Otherwise, grinding your teeth can damage the crown and wear down your existing tooth enamel.
Consider a Dental Crown for Your Discolored Tooth Today
Don’t let a discolored tooth keep you from smiling. Instead, talk to your local dentist about the best treatment plan based on your needs. With their help, you can make an informed decision about your dental health.
Improve your smile with a dental crown today.
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