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Pros and Cons of Dental Crowns

July 14, 2022
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Posted By: Centre Family Dentistry
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Do you have a broken tooth, or have you recently had a root canal? If so, your dentist may recommend a dental crown. At Centre Family Dentistry, we offer high-quality, custom-made dental crowns to protect your natural smile and improve oral health and function. 

Dental crowns are one of the most versatile restorations in modern dentistry. People often ask us, "What are the pros and cons of dental crowns," but this depends on the individual patient's needs and goals. So, here are some things to consider when it comes to dental crowns.

Pros

#1 Strengthens and Restores Your Tooth

Dental crowns cap and cover a natural tooth, down to the gumline. A dental crown can shield a broken, damaged, weak, or brittle tooth, making it functional again. It can also conceal a discolored or misshapen tooth and revive your smile's appearance. Tooth crowns can also anchor a dental bridge or top a dental implant.

#2 Custom-Made to Look and Feel Natural 

Dental crowns can be shaped to look exactly like a natural tooth. Dentists often suggest porcelain crowns to cap front teeth because they are perfect for anyone who wants a discreet upgrade to their smile. Your dentist can ensure your porcelain crown matches the hue of your natural smile, making it indistinguishable from your neighboring pearly whites.

#3 No Allergic Reactions

Porcelain and other non-metal dental crowns are biocompatible, meaning they're not harmful to living tissue. Biocompatible crowns are an excellent choice for people with metal sensitivities since they don't induce allergic reactions.

Cons 

#1 Requires Mild Reshaping of the Tooth

Your dentist must reshape the underlying natural tooth to ensure the dental crown fits perfectly. Once you have a dental crown, you can't be without one because the tooth can sustain further damage or disease without its protection.

#2 Needs Repair or Replacement If Damaged

Dental crowns are highly durable and long-lasting, but they aren't indestructible. When you have a dental crown, it's important to avoid chewing or biting down on hard foods as this can crack or chip the crown.

When well cared for, dental crowns can last upwards of 30 years. Be sure to practice good oral hygiene habits and see your dentist for routine checkups to increase the longevity of your dental crown.

#3 Temporary Sensitivity to Hot and Cold

After receiving a dental crown, your natural tooth may experience a temporary increased sensitivity to hold or cold foods and beverages.

High-Quality Dental Crowns in Fort Collins, CO

Do you need a dental crown to improve your smile? Please get in touch with our Fort Collins dental office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Humbert. We look forward to helping guide you toward the best decision for your oral health.

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