While your teeth are a small part of your body, they have many important roles. One of the most important jobs of your teeth is to help you bite and chew a wide variety of different foods. Your teeth are also responsible for proper speech and a confident smile. While your teeth are the strongest substance in your body, they can still suffer physical damage and decay. These issues can compromise the strength of the affected teeth, as well as your oral health. At Walker Dental, we can help to protect damaged teeth with crowns.
There are many different issues that can cause damage to your teeth, compromising their strength and their health. These issues include:
A crown is a dental restoration used to treat damaged teeth. It is essentially a cap for your damaged tooth, resembling the size and shape of the tooth it is protecting. The crown covers the entire visible surface of your damaged tooth encasing it to prevent further harm and protect the tooth from bacterial invasion. It also functions to restore strength to the tooth so that it can continue to perform normally.
There are a few different materials that crowns can be made from. These materials include:
Getting a crown requires two separate appointments. During your first appointment, we remove a portion of the enamel from the damaged tooth, a process that makes the tooth smaller. This is done so that your crown will fit properly in with the rest of your teeth. After preparing the tooth, an impression is taken, and a temporary restoration is placed.
Your impression is sent to our dental lab, where technicians use it to custom create your final crown. When the crown is completed, it is sent back. At your second appointment, we remove the temporary restoration and check your final crown to ensure proper fit and a natural bite. For ceramic crowns, we also make sure that it blends in with the rest of your smile. If everything looks good, we place the crown and secure it with special dental cement.
There are many benefits associated with a crown. These benefits include:
A crown can restore a damaged tooth, allowing it to function normally and preventing the need for an extraction. For more information on crowns, and to schedule your appointment, call Walker Dental Team today.