The Benefits and Drawbacks of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns can be used restoratively or cosmetically. They are most commonly used to cover flaws such as misshapen teeth or to provide support for damaged teeth. Estetica Dental Lab, based in London, has many year’s experience working with dental crowns and use only the best materials and highly trained technicians. The aim is that once you have dental crowns in place in your mouth, they will discreetly blend with your real teeth, so that no-one will be able to tell the real from fake. They are made to match as closely as possible the colour, shape and size of the rest of your teeth.

If you are considering dental crowns, it is only right that you should be thinking of the benefits and any drawbacks associated with this dental procedure. IN the following article this is precisely what we will discuss.

The Benefits

There are a variety of benefits that you could experience from having dental crowns. Restorative benefits include:

  • Support for any tooth suffering damage as a result of tooth decay
  • Restoration to any tooth after you have had root canal surgery
  • Hold a severely broken or cracked tooth together
  • Provide protection for a worn tooth
  • Provide an anchor for a dental bridge

Dental crowns can also be used cosmetically to improve how your teeth look. Cosmetic benefits include:

  • Add width or length to any misshapen teeth you have
  • Cover over discoloured teeth
  • Cover over dental implants

The Risks and Side Effects

Although the dental crown procedure is something that has been performed many times for a number of decades and even though it is considered to be one of the most effective and safest treatments, there are still risks and side effects you should know about before deciding to have dental crowns, including:

  • Infection – An infection could develop if an affected tooth has not been cleaned out thoroughly enough and sealed.
  • Allergic Reaction – There are a small number of patients who make suffer from an allergic reaction to materials used in dental crowns.
  • Tooth Decay – Bacteria can accumulate around a tooth and damage it, if a crown has not been sealed properly.
  • Uncomfortable/Poor Bite – If the surface of the crown has not been shaved down properly, it can leave you with an uncomfortable bite.
  • Crown Shifting – Over the course of time, it is possible for a crown to become dislodged or loose. Normally, patients will have their crowns replaced every 10 to 15 years.

If you have a crown and experience gum inflammation, prolonged pain or any other uncomfortable or distressing problems, you should speak to your dentist as soon as possible to get to the root of the issues.

Once you have had dental crowns put in place, there are some temporary side effects that you could experience, including:

  • Tender gums
  • Uncomfortable chewing
  • Increased sensitivity when eating cold or hot foods

As you can see, there is a lot to think about before you make the decision to have dental crowns. Estetica Dental Lab will always consult and discuss with patients before they move towards actually creating and having dental crowns put in place. It is important that you feel comfortable about the process and that you know exactly what is going to happen. The benefits and the risks/side effects, detailed above, should be explained to you during the consultation. That way, you are fully equipped to make the most informed decision.

If you choose to have dental crowns though, Estetica Dental Lab will do their utmost to ensure that the procedure is carried out as smoothly as possible.

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