Tooth decay can weaken and deteriorate your teeth, and extensive decay may not be adequately addressed with a filling alone. In these cases, dental crowns can help to protect and preserve teeth that have been affected by large cavities.
Dental crowns can be made of any number of materials – metal, porcelain fused to metal, composites – depending on the patient’s needs and aesthetic preferences. Your dentist will meet with you for an initial evaluation to gather all of the information needed to design your crown. Decayed material is removed from your tooth, which is then “prepped” for crown placement by removing a thin layer of enamel.
Your dentist will forward the design specifications to a dental lab, which is tasked with crafting the crown. When the crown is ready to be placed, the patient returns to the office to have it bonded to the tooth. Before it is permanently placed, the crown’s design can further be adjusted according to the patient’s desires. However, after the crown is bonded to the tooth, it cannot be altered. Therefore, be sure that you are satisfied with the crown’s appearance before that point.
Dental crowns can be used in other circumstances beyond restoring a tooth affected by decay. A dental crown may also be placed on a tooth following a root canal, which leaves the tooth susceptible to breakage without some additional form of protection. A crown can also be used primarily for aesthetic purposes.
If you take good care of a dental crown, it can last for many years. Maintain a thorough oral hygiene routine of twice-daily brushing and daily flossing, and keep sweet treats to a minimum. You will get instructions on how to care for your dental crown so that it can continue to protect your tooth.
Dental crowns can help to protect and strengthen your teeth in a number of circumstances. Might you benefit from this treatment? Contact Anderson Dentistry at either of our convenient locations to schedule an evaluation.