The look and feel of your smile are just as important as the health of your teeth and gums. If your teeth are damaged, or you have lost a tooth, it can have an impact on how you view your smile. Our dentists at Singing River Dentistry use crowns as a solution for cosmetically improving the look and feel of your teeth.
What is a Crown
A crown is a device used to fully cover the entire visible portion of a tooth that is above your gumline. It is a tooth-shaped cap to reinforce a damaged tooth and give back its shape, strength, and natural appearance. Crowns are a cosmetic solution for damaged teeth due to trauma or other situations. These caps match the color of your surrounding teeth as to not draw attention to it when you smile.
Why are Crowns Needed?
There are many reasons why our dentists may suggest crowns as being the best treatment option for you and your smile. Most commonly, they are used to make a cosmetic improvement to your smile when a tooth breaks, is misshapen, or lost. Crowns are also a protective measure when a tooth is weak, cracked, or damaged due to decay that cannot be supported by a normal filling.
How are Crowns Placed?
When you begin the process of having a crown placed on either a single tooth or multiple teeth, our dentists first conduct a thorough oral exam. They will look at the surrounding teeth and gums to ensure the area can support the crown, and additional treatment options are not needed. Our dentists then create a mold of your teeth and bite using a dental impression paste or using a digital scanner. This impression is to make a custom-fit crown.
You will then receive an anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding gum tissue. For the entire procedure, you will feel only pressure but no pain. Our dentists will then use a dental drill to gently remove the outer surface of the tooth, which includes the top and all four sides. Our dentists then place a temporary crown on the top of your tooth while you wait for your permanent crown.
When you return to the office for your permanent crown, our dentists remove the temporary crown. The new crown is placed and adjusted so it will naturally fit between your neighboring teeth and to fit your bite. Finally, our dentists use a special cement to keep the crown firmly on the top of your tooth.
How Do I Care For My Crowns?
Just as you would your natural teeth, routine flossing, brushing, and rinsing are all recommended to take care of your crowns. While crowns are all made from durable materials, there may be some foods you want to avoid after the procedure. Just like your natural teeth, it may be best to avoid extra sticky or hard foods that will damage the crown or the surrounding teeth.
If you are looking for a way to improve your smile after a tooth is damaged or lost, a dental crown may be the solution for you. Call our professionals at Singing River Dentistry at (256) 562-4001 today to learn more about the process and all your options. We want to help!
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