How Do We Love Crowns? Let Us Count the Ways.

Nerdy guy in love with ceramic crownsAs Valentine’s Day approaches, our thoughts turn to romance. But while the search for love can often lead to disappointment and heartbreak, finding the dental restoration of your dreams is as easy as talking to your dentist about ceramic crowns. Seem like a stretch? In today’s blog, we’re discussing how dental crowns are like (and, in some cases, better than) your romantic partner.

1. They’re Versatile

Unlike your husband who tells the same joke at every family dinner or your girlfriend who wants to watch the same rom-com every Saturday night, dental crowns are remarkably versatile and adaptable to a number of oral health issues. For example, ceramic crowns can:

  • Stand in for a missing tooth when combined with a dental implant post.
  • Cover and protect a cracked or fractured tooth, a tooth with severe decay, or a tooth that had undergone root canal therapy.
  • Secure a dental bridge into place.

2. They’re Beautiful on the Inside and the Outside

Sure, your boyfriend’s sense of humor and love of animals more than make up for the beer gut and the smelly feet. With a ceramic crown, however, you get to enjoy good looks and a better fit. Dental ceramic is highly reflective and translucent, meaning it closely mimics the look of natural tooth enamel. In addition, the interior of a ceramic crown provides a closer fit to the dimensions of your tooth, so your dentist won’t have to remove as much natural tooth structure in preparation for placing the crown. A more precise fit creates smaller margins, those areas where the crown meets the tooth that are vulnerable to plaque buildup and tooth decay.

3. They’ll Stick with You Through Thick and Thin

We live in a harsh world and unfortunately, your boyfriend or girlfriend might bolt at the first sign of serious distress. Similarly, your mouth is a harsh environment, subject to near-constant stress and pressure. Luckily, a good ceramic crown will hold up to even the harshest oral environment, especially if you opt for an all-zirconia or zirconia-porcelain blend crown. A type of super-strong ceramic, zirconia can withstand the 200 pounds of bite force exerted in the back of the mouth while still providing a natural-looking restoration.

About Shawn Hofkes, DDS

With advanced training in oral and maxillofacial surgery (but no formal training in relationship coaching), Shawn Hofkes, DDS is qualified to provide comfortable, advanced cosmetic dentistry treatments from our state-of-the-art dentist office in Cerritos, CA. To schedule your appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today. We proudly serve patients of all ages from Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and all surrounding communities.