Dental crowns are one of the most reliable ways to restore teeth marred by infection, decay, injury, or congenital problems. If you have a failing tooth, your dentist at Summit Dental Group in Waterford, MI, Dr. Steve Rollins, may recommend one of these durable and beautiful restorations to complete your smile and keep it healthy.
Don't Extract If You Can Help It
Restorative dental techniques and treatments preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible. Tooth loss through traumatic injury or extraction creates an ugly smile gap, weakens adjacent teeth, and begins a downward spiral of gum and jaw bone recession. In other words, we should all aim to keep every one of our teeth as long as possible, and crowns help us achieve this goal.
Dental crowns help Waterford, MI, dentists, such as Dr. Steve Rollins, recreate beautiful smile aesthetics and reliable oral function. Composed of realistic, high-quality ceramic, these tooth-shaped caps completely cover and protect compromised teeth above the gum line. This beautiful material has the sheen, color, and durability of natural tooth enamel, and when expertly crafted by Dr. Rollins, they can last for ten years or more.
Can a Crown Help Your Tooth?
An examination and X-ray session will confirm the need for a crown, although, sometimes, a tooth is so unhealthy or damaged that it first needs root canal therapy before the dentist can place a crown.
In either case, a crown procedure is done with local anesthetic and involves some enamel reduction so that the crown fits and bite properly with the opposing arch of teeth. Oral impressions and detailed instructions from Dr. Rollins allow the dental lab technician to custom-make the prosthetic. Due to this process, no two dental crowns are alike.
When your crown comes from the dental lab, your dentist will fit it over your tooth and cement it in place with a permanent bonding adhesive. Because of today's precision oral impressions and fabrication techniques, little to no adjustment will be needed.
Caring for a Dental Crown
Whether you have a single-tooth crown, a crown-supported bridge (composed of one or more tooth replacements), or a dental implant restored by a crown, oral hygiene is simple. Just brush twice a day with a low-abrasive, fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush while also flossing daily with the product which suits you best. Finally, see Dr. Rollins and his team at Summit Dental Group twice a year for examinations and hygienic cleanings.
Additionally, you might ask about a customized bite guard if you habitually clench your teeth, as this tendency endangers natural teeth, tooth replacements, and dental restorations such as crowns and veneers.
Your Crowning Glory
Does your smile have a chipped, damaged, or infected tooth? Don't hesitate to fix the problem, and contact Summit Dental Group for a lifelike porcelain crown! Call (248) 681-3600 today.