Today, we are returning to this month’s theme of restorative dentistry. Our focus in today’s post is one of the most versatile services in modern dentistry — dental crowns.
As you will learn if you keep reading, crowns can fix a wide range of issues. Getting a crown doesn’t just fix what’s already happened, it may prevent bigger problems down the road. (Some of which we will be discussing in posts later this month.)
Today we want to answer three questions:
◙ What are dental crowns?
◙ How do we use dental crowns?
◙ Where can you get a dental crown?
We will start with the last question. If you live in or near Reading, MA, then you should visit First Dental Associates whether you need a dental crown or any other restorative service. To make an appointment with us, fill out our online form or call us at 781-435-7290.
We looking forward to helping you.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are like caps that are placed over a tooth for a variety of reasons.
In general, crowns are used to repair teeth that have been weakened in some way. By getting a crown, you will be making that tooth stronger and restoring its function.
And with today’s all-ceramic crowns, such as e.max, Lava, and zirconia, you don’t have to sacrifice the appearance of your smile to bring back your ability to eat.
Now, let’s talk about how a crown could help you.
How Do We Use Dental Crowns?
Earlier we described dental crowns as one of the most versatile services in dentistry. To understand why, all you need to do is read this list of things we can do with a dental crown:
▷ Fix a cracked tooth
▷ Repair a broken tooth
▷ Fix a decayed tooth
▷ Replace a missing tooth*
▷ Change a discolored tooth
▷ Transform a misshapen tooth
The process for getting a dental crown is pretty similar for most of these situations.
It starts when we reshape your tooth. We do this for a couple reasons.
First, we need to remove the problem. This allows us to leave behind only healthy parts of your teeth. Second, we need to create an abutment to support your crown. This is where your crown is bonded to your tooth.
Regardless of whether you have a cracked, broken, or decayed tooth, it’s important for you to seek treatment as soon as you are able. If you wait, the crack or the decay could spread, or the break could allow bacteria to start eating into more sensitive parts of your teeth.
Changing a discolored or misshapen tooth is more of a cosmetic reason to get a dental crown, although the procedure is similar to what we described above. The tooth is reshaped, and when the crown is ready, it’s bonded to the tooth. This way your tooth can look more like the rest of your smile.
* You may be wondering how a dental crown can be used to replace a missing tooth if there is no tooth to support it. To fix this problem, you will also need to take advantage of another restorative service — dental implants.
Implants may be the biggest breakthrough in dentistry of the last century. Implants were developed to act as a replacement for the roots of missing teeth.
When a titanium implant is placed in your jawbone, your bone will react to it in the same way that it reacts to the roots of your natural teeth. The jaw will bond to the implant to keep it secure in your mouth.
This also turns the implant into a stable support for your dental crown. After you heal from your implant placement, we can attach a dental crown to the top.
The result is a complete replacement tooth that looks, feels, and functions like your natural teeth. In fact, unless you tell people which one is “fake,” they probably won’t know.
You Don’t Have To Be Queen To Wear A Dental Crown
Dental crowns have been used for centuries to restore people’s teeth. In the past, people might have had to choose function or appearance when getting a crown. Today, you can have both.
If you have questions about dental crowns, schedule a consultation with Dr. Nasrin Sadeghi, our dentist in Reading, MA. To do this, all you have to do is call 781-435-7290 or fill out our online form.