As we age our dental crowns age with us. It’s just a fact of life. Aging is not kind to our smiles or our teeth. Did you know that the act of chewing alone exerts 20 to 40 pounds of pressure on your teeth?
Multiple that daily, yearly and over decades it shouldn’t take us long to understand why dental x-rays show crowns that need replacement. Over time, bite changes can occur, and expose the softer dentin layer underneath an ill-fitting crown putting most people at risk for dental decay. Over time the exertion of pressure from not-so-normal activity, like teeth grinding and clenching can exert 250 pounds of pressure causing wear and tear, and gum recession. With so much pressure on our dental work, when is a good time to think about crown replacement?
What are Crowns?
Crowns are used to restore a tooth giving it strength and a more pleasant appearance. It requires a dentist to remove a bit of a tooth’s structure to completely cover a tooth, or teeth, weaken by decay perhaps because of a tooth fracture, a small crack in enamel or poor dental hygiene. The most common need for crowns is when there are dental filling(s) that exceed the bounds of the natural tooth structure. Sometimes dental decay may have infected the pulp of the tooth root and in those cases a root canal may also be required. For a specific look, some factors to consider in crown replacement include bite, shape, color and the best match to the length of your existing teeth.
Reasons Why People Consider Crown Replacement
Besides the daily wear and tear on teeth that can cause an unnatural smile people consider crown replacement for all kinds of reasons.
- Teeth bleaching or whitening treatments often have adverse affects on crowns causing an uneven color match to opposing teeth affecting the entire smile.
- As we age our gum line naturally recedes, which causes a darkening effect or black shadows close to the gum line. It can make the small act of smiling quite uncomfortable. This happens quite often with the older type of porcelain fused to metal crowns.
- The porcelain in a standard porcelain-fused-to-metal crown can chip or break, especially under long-term abnormal activity like teeth grinding and clenching.
- Replace unnatural-looking black, gray or yellow stained crowns in favor of a ‘newer generation’ porcelain dental crown removing that ‘fake factor.’
A Minimally Invasive Procedure for Crown Replacement
Dr. Muslin’s unique, non-invasive porcelain crown technique can give you the added advantage for that ‘just perfect’ fit. His patented crown replacement procedure includes biologically compatible components and materials that provide an ideal shape to your custom smile. Gums recession is no longer a problem because the gum line grows back and eliminates food traps between teeth. Some patients even opt to have both a porcelain crown replacement and veneers when their goal is to whiten their smiles while simultaneously straightening their teeth. It’s a complete and fast solution that eliminates years of orthodontic work, uncomfortable braces and the nightmare of retainers. This technique preserves that natural structure of the teeth and results in a beautiful, long-lasting smile in no time at all. Just check out this patient’s fabulous results. Can you believe her‘after’ picture was taken two years later?
If worn, discolored or unnatural crowns keep you from smiling, then it’s time for a change. Dr. Muslin offers high-tech, advanced crown replacement for a wholesome, healthy look that will change you from the inside out. Isn’t it time that your appearance reflects just how good you feel on the inside?