Our team at DiMeo Family Dental is always at the ready to fix your tooth with a crown. Crowns are a popular way to restore not only the functions of your teeth but to add aesthetic value to your overall appearance. Lately, most people are seeking crowns for dental restoration purposes. The technique seems to be gaining traction as it is simple, affordable, and takes a short time to complete.
What Are Crowns?
Crowns are artificial tooth reconstructions that are used to restore a tooth to its original functions even after damage. They are permanently implanted onto a tooth that is substantially decayed, has cracks, or is immensely damaged. While they may be fixed to extend deeply onto the root of a tooth, they are initially aimed at replacing the outer surface of an affected, natural tooth.
After it has been bonded onto the natural tooth, it completely encloses that part of the tooth that is damaged. This will often be above the gum. Since they are custom designed, they suit each tooth. They can also be crafted out of a variety of substances like porcelain, resin, ceramics, metal, and gold.
When to Use Crowns
When you have weak and degenerating teeth, you are a prime candidate for dental crowns. In case you have broken a tooth as a result of accident, injury, or for the reason that your teeth are getting weak with age, crowns could suit your purpose very well. Additionally, cracked teeth whose degenerative prospects need to be curtailed need crowns. They are also a good way to support a tooth with large dental fillings. Crown variants are also known to hold dental bridges in position.
For children, crowns are useful in saving a tooth that has been extremely damaged. Children who are at a high risk of developing decayed teeth may have their dental make-up salvaged by crowns. This especially applies to young people living in areas with water that discolors teeth, or who are unable to keep up with the requisite daily oral hygiene practices. In this case, the pediatrician may make recommendations first. In most circumstances, a steel crown is a preference for children.
Crowns can be made from a variety of substances, including porcelain, stainless steel, metals, resin, ceramic, gold, and many more. The choice of crown material is obviously at the discretion of the patient. When you check into our dental office, our dentist will assist you in choosing the one that best suits your oral needs.
During crown placement, the dentist will apply anesthesia to the area that is affected to dull the pain. Using a dental drill together with an abrasive bur, the top part of the affected tooth, including all the sides is removed. This is done to create sufficient space for crown placement. Sometimes when removing an area of the tooth, very little tooth may remain, more so if there was extensive damage. In such circumstances, a crown build-up may be sought to create a steady foundation for the crown.
After the dentist has taken the crown impression to the lab to be designed, you may have to wait for a few weeks. To protect the tooth from infection, and you from discomfort, the area previously cleared for the crown is covered by a temporary crown. Once you check back into our clinic for this treatment, the temporary crown will be replaced by the permanent one.
If you are suffering some level of tooth decay that you think could benefit from crowns, get in touch. You can contact us, DiMeo Family Dental at (772) 362-9555 to book your appointment.