Restoring teeth with dental crowns is one of the oldest forms of restorative dentistry, and it’s one that remains a popular way to address several different types of dental health concerns. From fixing and restoring a damaged tooth to fortifying one that’s undergone root canal therapy, and much more, today’s dental crowns can do more for your smile and oral health than ever before. Because of their versatility, there’s a good chance that a dental crown might be your tooth’s best choice if it ever needs restoration, as well. Today, we examine a few things you should remember about getting a dental crown if you’re ever faced with the need for one.
Consider whitening your teeth first
Modern dental crowns aren’t just customized to match the teeth they restore, but can also be crafted from a variety of different materials. One of the most common, however, is dental porcelain, which can be customized to closely match the color, shade, and texture of your healthy tooth structure. If the rest of your teeth can use a whitening treatment to brighten them, you should consider doing so first. After your crown is crafted and placed, it will remain the same color and the porcelain won’t respond to teeth-whitening treatment afterward.
Develop a proper care plan for your smile
Restoring your compromised tooth is one thing, but your oral health can change from one day to the next. Therefore, it’s important to remember that caring for your newly restored smile means remaining diligent with your dental hygiene routine (i.e., brushing and flossing at least twice every day). You will also need to stick to a schedule of routine preventive checkups and cleanings, during which your dentist can carefully inspect your teeth and crown to ensure its continued success. If an issue develops with your dental crown and you don’t notice it, then these routine exams will also be your best chance at avoiding more serious complications in the near future.
Take any signs of discomfort seriously
Speaking of complications, they’re rare when your dental crown is expertly placed and you take excellent care of it. However, they can occur even with optimal care due to a number of unforeseeable factors. For example, the tooth structure underneath your dental crown will still be damaged, and any undue pressure or traumatic force might cause it to fracture or break even further. If you notice any signs of discomfort or trouble with your crown, then schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to have it inspected.
Learn more about restoring your smile with a crown
With a custom-designed dental crown, you can fully restore your tooth’s health and appearance, but it’s important to properly care for your teeth and restoration for them to last. To learn more, schedule an appointment with us by calling Allen & Neumann Family Dentistry in Pella, IA, today at (641) 628-1121.