Why Crowns Are an Effective Solution To Restore Damaged Teeth

Mar 01, 2024

Teeth are too often overlooked for their importance in how we speak, how we digest food, and how people see us when we use our smiles to express ourselves. The only time we generally pay attention to them is when they’re damaged in some way, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows data that reinforces that. From the 46% of children or teens with at least one untreated or restored cavity to the 13% of adults over 65 with no natural teeth at all, protecting teeth is simply not the priority it needs to be.

Our teeth get damaged for many reasons, and there are several cosmetic dentistry options to fix the damage, depending on the extent of the problems you have. Dental crowns are a versatile choice to help restore your teeth and smile. Let’s explore the reasons for damaged teeth, why crowns are so helpful, and what to expect from the process.

If you live in the Miami Lakes, Florida, area and you’re struggling with dental conditions that require crowns, Dr. Laura Llanos and her experienced staff at Llanos Dental Group can help.

Reasons for damaged teeth

Despite having the strongest material our body produces (enamel) as the outer shell of our teeth, several conditions can cause damage to the enamel itself and the tissues underneath. Gum disease, tooth decay (cavities or dental caries), oral cancer, infections, and mouth injuries can lead to bad breath, tooth erosion, mouth sores, tooth sensitivity, and cracked, chipped, or broken teeth. 

How dental crowns help

Crowns are the name for tooth-shaped caps that replace the visibly damaged portion of your teeth when they become chipped, broken, or decayed. They can also be used to support dental bridges, cover teeth that have had root canals, and be placed after a dental implant has healed and the abutment is set. 

Crowns are made from a variety of materials, such as metal, porcelain, ceramic, or resin. They protect teeth from erosion, improve your ability to chew, and last up to 15 years with proper care.

What to expect from the procedure

The process of getting a crown is pretty straightforward, and begins with a dental impression, either through a digital scan or a mold of your teeth. Our team matches your new crown to the shade of your other natural teeth. After that, the tooth is prepared, usually through a root canal or an implant. Dr. Llanos places the crown securely and polishes it thoroughly. 

Now you’re ready to share your new smile with the world!

Dental crowns are a popular solution for a number of dental problems. To learn more about why they’re so effective and to see if you’re a candidate, make an appointment  with Dr. Llanos or book online at your convenience.