dental crowns

When is a dental crown necessary?

dental crown Clearwater FLA dental crown can help to protect a tooth that has been severely damaged by decay or injury. It can restore the tooth’s structure, function and appearance. It is helpful to understand when dental crowns are necessary and know what to expect from the treatment process.

Purposes Of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are bonded on top of a patient’s biological tooth. They restore the structure of the tooth when a large cavity develops and a significant amount of decayed material must be removed, making a conventional filling inadequate. If you experience a broken tooth from a dental injury, your dentist may also recommend a crown to protect the tooth. Similarly, a tooth is typically fitted with a crown following a root canal, which leaves the tooth more susceptible to breakage. Placing a crown reduces the risk of that outcome.

Dental Crown Treatment Process

The dental crown treatment process begins with an evaluation by your dentist, who will gather all of the information needed to plan for the design of your crown. Photos, x-rays or dental impressions may be taken at this appointment as needed. Keep in mind that dental crowns are custom-designed, and we value your input into the process. We encourage you to share your opinions about the shade and shape of the crown to get as natural an aesthetic as possible. Additionally, dental crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain, metal, porcelain fused to metal and ceramics. Your provider will recommend the material that is most appropriate in your case.

Your tooth can be prepped for crown placement at this initial appointment by removing enamel to make room for the crown. While you are waiting for your crown to be made at the dental lab, you may have the option to wear a temporary crown. After the dental lab has processed the data from your evaluation, created your crown and delivered it to us, you are able to return to our office to be fitted with the permanent crown.

Dental crowns can help to preserve teeth that might otherwise be at risk for extraction, an outcome that should be avoided when possible. To learn whether a dental crown might be appropriate in your case, schedule an evaluation at the office of Dr. Andrew Holloman today.

Do Dental Crowns Require Special Care?

dental crowns Clearwater FLDental crowns have been used for decades to save teeth that have been cracked, broken, or suffered from severe dental decay. For years they were made using metal or gold, but today many crowns are made from porcelain, which means your new restoration provides a much more pleasing aesthetic repair.

Porcelain is naturally stain resistant and your crown will be made to match the size, contour, and shade of surrounding teeth, thus making your dental crown virtually impossible to detect.

During your six month cleaning appointment, diagnostic x-rays are taken that may detect the need for a crown. If a dental crown is recommended, your dentist will anesthetize the area and will then file down the natural tooth. This leaves enough of the tooth so the crown can be securely attached. A dental impression is taken and sent to the dental lab where the crown will be made. A temporary will be placed on your prepared tooth to protect it until your crown is ready.

It takes about two weeks for a crown to be fabricated. Your dentist will try on your crown for fit and function. Small adjustments can be made chairside, if needed. When correct, the crown will be cemented into place.

You will be able to eat anything you wish, and even though your crown is securely in place your dentist may advise you against eating anything sticky like caramel to prevent dislodging your crown.

Dental crowns have many other purposes as well such as to seal a tooth following root canal therapy; as anchors for a fixed dental prosthesis; or as the final restoration for a dental implant.

No matter the reason for requiring a crown, caring for your new restoration is no different than what you do for all your teeth. Brush twice every day with a fluoridated toothpaste and floss daily to remove what your toothbrush missed. Visit your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and dental exam.

With the proper care, your dental crown is designed to serve you well for many years. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our team at the office of Dr. Holloman today!

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