When a tooth is damaged, you may experience difficulty with actions that usually come naturally, like eating and speaking. Our teeth break down food by biting and chewing, making it easier to digest. When teeth are decayed or damaged, pain and discomfort may also result.
Our mouths also help us verbally communicate and express ourselves. Using the tongue, lips, jaw, vocal chords, and teeth, we produce complex sounds. When teeth are damaged, the sounds we make are affected. We may muddle the words we normally say with ease. Dental damage can also affect the placement of the tongue or allow excess air to pass through our teeth, creating a whistling sound when speaking. People who are self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth may attempt to mask these imperfections by mumbling or speak with mouths partially closed. This affects the speaker’s tone, volume, and overall speech patterns.
Another problem that compromised speech can bring is its effect on our facial muscles. When facial muscles are used in an irregular manner for a long time, the muscles can become less flexible and can make it difficult to change speaking patterns later, after the dental problem was corrected.
To remedy eating and speaking problems caused by damaged teeth, patients may recommend dental crowns. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over a damaged or decayed tooth (once the decay or damage has been removed/filed away). This helps restore teeth to their natural appearance, use, and strength. Crowns can also be used for a variety of other cosmetic dental problems like:
- Teeth that require dental bridges
- Misshapen or discoloured teeth
- Large cavities
In order to determine whether a crown best suits your needs, your dentist needs to perform a thorough examination. If one is required, your dentist will begin to file and prep the affected tooth for a crown. An impression of the tooth will be taken and a customized crown will be created to best fit the shape of the underlying tooth. During this period, you may wear a temporary crown. On your next visit, the temporary crown will be removed and a special adhesive will be used to keep the permanent crown in place, resulting in a stronger and better smile. You will finally enjoy eating your favourite foods without worry and speak without limitation.
If you have tooth damage that might be helped by a dental crown, call Simcoe Smile Dental today at (289) 312-1482. Located in Oshawa, Ontario, we also provide other services to help restore teeth and address oral health needs.