Can Dental Crowns Strengthen Weakened Teeth?
Although dental implants and restorations are more sophisticated than ever – providing a close functional and cosmetic match to a natural tooth – there is still no true replacement for your own teeth. Even when a tooth becomes weak or damaged, there is great benefit in retaining the tooth rather than extracting and replacing it with an implant. At Junée F. Gardy DDS, PA in Naples, FL, Dr. Junée F. Gardy understands the importance of “saving” natural teeth that may be fragile or damaged and may recommend the placement of a dental crown for protection from further damage. In this blog, you’ll find helpful information on the benefits of using dental crowns to protect, preserve, and strengthen your natural teeth.
What causes a tooth to become weak?
There are a number of potential reasons why a tooth may become weak, fragile, or damaged, some of the most common of which include:
- Clenching and grinding
- Crack in tooth
- Fractured tooth
- Previous root canal
- Poor diet
- Poor dental hygiene
When a tooth becomes weak or damaged, it can cause pain, particularly when chewing or eating. Additionally, the tooth is at a greater risk for further damage – including complete fracture – which may force a tooth extraction. To prevent this, a dental crown may be placed over the tooth.
How does a dental crown protect a fragile tooth?
A dental crown, which may be made of porcelain, ceramic, or another material, fits over the tooth. This helps to shield the tooth from bacteria, which is particularly important for teeth that may have cracks or fillings. Additionally, the crown absorbs pressure with biting, chewing, or clenching, taking pressure that may cause further damage to the tooth itself. Not only can dental crowns provide essential protection for fragile teeth, but they can also help to conceal cosmetic imperfections, like stains, dullness, or chips.
How long does a dental crown last?
The lifespan of a dental crown will depend on several factors, including what material the crown is made of, the patient’s oral habits, their dental hygiene routine, and others. On average, patients can expect their dental crowns to last for about 10 – 15 years, though some crowns may last up to 25 years or longer. To extend the life of your dental crown for as long as possible, use these helpful tips:
- Brush and floss twice daily
- Use a mouthguard or nightguard
- Avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods
- Avoid sugary drinks and foods
- Visit the dentist for professional cleanings twice per year
With these habits and routines, patients can both extend the life of their crown and preserve the function and appearance of their other teeth for a consistently beautiful and healthy smile over time.
Protect your teeth and love your smile with a dental crown in Naples, FL
Whether you already have damage to your teeth or you’re facing an upcoming root canal, you may need a dental crown to protect your fragile tooth and prevent further damage. To learn more about the benefits of dental crowns – and to find out if a crown may be right for you – call Junée F. Gardy DDS, PA to schedule your one-on-one consultation with award-winning provider Dr. Junée F. Gardy in Naples, FL.