When a tooth is significantly damaged but still salvageable, your dentist will likely take all steps possible to save that tooth. Although tooth replacement technology has advanced significantly in recent years, biological teeth still are the best option for long-term oral health.
If your dentist is attempting to save a tooth, you may be fitted with some sort of restoration, like a dental crown. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that slide atop a natural tooth that is severely decayed or otherwise damaged.
Dental crowns can help to improve the appearance of a damaged tooth and strengthen that tooth, as well. If a tooth is at risk for breaking or has already cracked, a crown can help to support it.
Crowns may be appropriate in other circumstances, as well. For example, crowns are typically placed on teeth following a root canal. Crowns can also protect a tooth with an especially large filling, and the devices are used to secure a dental bridge, as well.
The process of placing a crown is a straightforward one, and it typically takes place over the course of two visits to the dentist.
The dentist may prepare the tooth by removing a thin layer of enamel before placing the crown on the tooth. After that step is complete, the dentist will take an impression of the tooth, and that impression will be used to design the crown. Some patients may be fitted with a temporary crown while waiting for the permanent appliance to be ready.
At the second appointment, the permanent crown will be attached to the tooth using a dental cement.
Dental crowns may be made of varying materials, including porcelain, composite materials and metals. Based on the crown’s location, aesthetic considerations and the patient’s situation, the dentist will recommend a material that will meet your needs.
A dentist can use a dental crown to preserve a natural tooth in a variety of circumstances. If you have suffered damage to a tooth, contact the office of Dr. Gardner at 516-484-6394 to see if you might benefit from a crown.
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