Hello again San Antonio! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of Advanced Dental Associates. We hope your holiday season has been happy and healthy. With 2016 just a very short-time away, now is a great occasion to start looking at ways you can improve your health in the new year. One great way to better your health is to repair damaged teeth.
Damaged teeth can affect your life in more ways than you probably realize. When you have a damaged tooth, it can be difficult to chew your favorite foods. What’s life without food? Damaged teeth can also cause can toothaches that disrupt your social life and sleep schedule. But worst of all, damaged teeth can lower your self-esteem by making you embarrassed to smile, and put you at risk for losing teeth.
But there is an easy solution! At Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX, we offer dental crowns. Although you may have heard of this restorative dentistry procedure before, you may not know exactly what it entails. So today we’re going to take an in-depth look at dental crowns. We’ll describe what you can expect during a dental crowns procedure, and look at the health benefits of dental crowns.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is used to preserve the health of a damaged or decayed tooth. A dental crown covers the entirety of your existing tooth, acting like a cap for it. Once a dental crown is placed, you regain the full form and function of your damaged tooth.
At Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX, we often turn to dental crowns when dental fillings are not sufficient to repair your tooth. Dental crowns are typically used for teeth which have a deep cavity, teeth which are badly fractured, and to restore a tooth after a root canal. We can even use crowns for cosmetic purposes if you have a misshapen or discolored tooth.
Dental crowns can be made out of a variety of materials. Unlike many dental offices, we only use crowns which are completely metal-free. We want our patients to proud of their smiles, and it can be hard to feel proud if you’re worrying about a metal gleam in your teeth. Instead we offer crowns constructed out of ceramic and zirconia.
Our crowns are incredibly lifelike; both porcelain and zirconia reflect light in the same way as your natural tooth. Both for the most lifelike restoration, we recommend zirconia crowns. These crowns are as durable as gold crowns, but blend in more natural with your smile. Your zirconia crown will be customized using digital scanning and production techniques.
What to Expect During a Dental Crown Procedure
Dental crown procedures are a two appointment process. During your first appointment, your San Antonio dentist will remove decay from your tooth, and clean the gums around your tooth. Your dentist will then shape your tooth so it fits under your dental crown. We’ll numb your mouth and can provide dental sedation to ensure a completely comfortable procedure.
We then take a precise impression of your tooth. This information is used by the dental laboratory to produce your customized crown. Once your crown is prepared, you’ll return to Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX, for your second appointment. During this appointment, we’ll permanently bond your crown to your tooth.
The Health Benefits of a Dental Crown
If you’ve been suffering from a recurring toothache, you probably realizes just how painful they can be. When your tooth is damaged, the nerves inside of it are often exposed. When these nerves are touched or irritated, you’re left with a throbbing pain in the tooth.
A dental crown protects your tooth, and prevents anything from touching the nerves inside your tooth. Dental crowns can be used to restore your tooth after an infection is removed from it, and used to treat cracked tooth syndrome.
A dental crown can also help restore your self-confidence and make you proud to smile again. Dental crowns are a beautiful way to boost the appearance of your smile. Because our crowns look so lifelike, no one will ever realize that it’s not your natural tooth.
A dental crown is a long-lasting dental restoration as long as you maintain proper care. Many dental crowns last for decades or even longer.
Make An Appointment
Are you ready to find a solution for your damaged or decayed tooth? Then schedule an appointment with Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX. You can reach our office at 210-819-5233.