You can get dental crowns for a variety of reasons. Dental crowns are useful for both restorative and cosmetic purposes for your smile. At Dentistry At Its Finest, we include dental crowns in our treatment program for TMJ disorders. How can dental crowns help with bruxism and TMJ?
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns can basically be considered as a cap going over your tooth. It’s a restoration of the entire tooth, not just a part of it, to make the tooth more stable and functional. Crowns can be done for any number of reasons. Most often it’s because of wear and tear on the tooth, a cracked or broken tooth, or as a restoration after a root canal.
When you’re getting a dental crown, Dr. Michael Ayzin will have to prepare your natural tooth first. Some of the tooth structure is removed to ensure the crown will fit securely. Then, impressions are taken so that the crown can be customized to fit that particular tooth. After a few weeks, you can get your final restoration.
You’ll also be able to choose the material of your crown. These include:
- Stainless steel: a cost-effective option
- Porcelain ceramic: reflective porcelain that can be color-matched to your teeth
- Zirconium: a crystalline option that’s extremely strong
- Gold and metal alloy: great for the back of the mouth as they’re strong and color-matching isn’t as necessary
- Porcelain fused to metal: the tooth-matching element of porcelain combined with the strength of metal
With a variety of options, every patient should be able to find one to meet their needs.
Dental Crowns for Bruxism
With patients that suffer from bruxism and other TMJ issues, patients may suffer from damage to their teeth. Since the teeth are grinding together, they’re going to show signs of that grinding in the form of wear and tear. If you’re struggling with severe clenching and other symptoms, your teeth may even break or crack because of it.
Dr. Ayzin can add dental crowns along with standard TMJ treatment options. Crowns can protect your teeth from further damage, as well as stabilize the teeth that may already be broken. He can analyze your mouth and determine where your trouble spots are for bruxism and TMJ issues, and where they’re causing stress on your teeth.
He can also provide further TMJ treatment to relax the facial muscles when you sleep. This can prevent you from grinding and clenching your teeth, while also making sure your bite is aligned properly. With TMJ treatment and dental crowns, you should have no more issues with wear on your natural teeth.
At Dentistry At Its Finest, we want you to have a smile that you’re proud of and is pain-free. If you think dental crowns are fitting for your bruxism or other issues, call us today or schedule an appointment online!