Even small dental problems can cause serious discomfort, so having a missing or broken tooth, particularly if a nerve is exposed, can be extremely painful. However, that pain isn't the only reason to have these issues addressed quickly. In fact, leaving your tooth broken without dental assistance can really exacerbate the problem. When the interior of a tooth is exposed to decay and bacteria, its condition can worsen much more quickly than if the problem were merely on the surface of your tooth. Besides, it may make you feel self-conscious about your smile.
As such, it's best to get the problem repaired as quickly as possible. Ideally, this will be on the same day the problem occurs — and choosing a crown will mean this is as simple as possible.
What Is a Crown?
Having a crown fitted is a very uncomplicated procedure that won't take much longer than a standard dental appointment. Essentially, a crown is a replacement for a missing part of your tooth, comprised of either metal or porcelain. It seals over the problem area and protects it from further damage. In fact, crowns are even suitable for minor damage such as decay and minor degradation of the tooth. Once fitted, the crown will be permanent. Only a dentist will be able to remove it for you — but there shouldn't be a reason to.
How Do You Care for It?
They're very easy to clean. In fact, you can treat them exactly like the rest of your teeth, brushing them at the same time and rinsing out your mouth with the usual mouthwash. If cared for properly, your crown can certainly last.
What Are Crowns Made Of?
You can improve the chances of keeping your crown forever by selecting a metal crown. The composition of different metals used is totally safe for your mouth and creates a much stronger, more wearable barrier than porcelain does. However, some people can be self-conscious about them, as they do create a visible shiny area in your mouth; they don't look like regular teeth. This is why many people opt for porcelain instead. While you may need to replace it in time, a porcelain crown will look almost identical to a real tooth, and will not impact your smile at all.
Some dentists offer the best of both worlds by using a metal base for the crown and then coating it with porcelain over the top. You may need another coat of porcelain if it ever wears down, but this is a quick and easy procedure, and a small price to pay for a perfect smile!
In any case, because it's such a quick and simple procedure, your dentist should be able to see you and fit a crown on the same day — schedule permitting, of course. This makes it an ideal solution if you've had a dental emergency or are experiencing pain in your mouth. Just book an appointment with your dentist, and they'll be able to tell you if a crown is right for you. Good luck!