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Learn more about dental crowns and how they can fix broken and weak teeth.
Our dentist, Dr. Steven Rollins, is proud to offer family dentistry services to the Waterford, MI area which means that everyone from children to seniors can receive dental crowns to improve the health and longevity of their smile. Read on to learn how this simple dental procedure plays a major part in improving the health of your smile.
Why Dental Crowns are Placed
A crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that fits over a tooth to surround and protect it. They are generally placed when a tooth may be too weak or damaged to be able to function fully on its own. Even though enamel is the hardest substance in your body, issues such as severe decay, infection, and traumatic injury can cause enough damage to a tooth that it will require a dental crown. As part of our family dentistry services in Waterford, our office offers crowns to improve teeth that are:
- Weakened by decay or injury
- Broken or cracked
- Infected and requiring root canal treatment
- Severely malformed, misshapen, or discolored
Crowns can also be used to replace missing teeth. For example, a crown is usually placed over a dental implant to replace a single tooth while two crowns are placed over teeth to anchor a dental bridge into place with a separate “dummy” crown in the middle to fill in the space.
How I Could Benefit from a Crown
If you are dealing with a broken or damaged tooth, it is important that you see your dentist as soon as possible for treatment. If you are also experiencing the warning signs of an infected dental pulp, this is another reason to visit the dentist right away. By turning to us for care when you need it, we can make the treatment process simple. Along with the restorative benefits of a crown, this restoration can also hide different defects or flaws in a tooth to enhance the overall appearance of your smile.
Need Dental Care? Give Us a Call
Whether you have questions about our family dentistry services or if you’re dealing with a dental emergency, Summit Dental Group in Waterford, MI, is here to help. Call us at (248) 681-3600 to schedule your next appointment or consultation.
One of the best ways to cover up teeth that have undergone restorative procedures is using crowns. You dentist in Waterford, MI, Dr. Steve Rollins, is more than happy to tell you more about crowns and their benefits.
What are dental crowns:
Crowns look like caps and are made of porcelain. Your Waterford dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends them to a lab where custom crowns are made just for you. In the meantime though, you're given a temporary crown.
So why get a dental crown anyway?
During restorative procedures, such as root canals, a significant amount of natural tooth is removed. This leaves the tooth exposed to decay and susceptible to breakage, which is why a dental crown is placed over the tooth. The dental crown reinforces the tooth and allows it to withstand various degrees of pressure, meaning you can enjoy eating without the worry of ruining your tooth.
Here are some other procedures that use dental crowns:
- Attaching bridges
- Covering dental implants
- Covering an existing filling that may be dislocated
- Covering stained or discolored teeth
How do I take care of my crowns?
- It goes without saying that you need to brush twice a day and floss before bed. It's important to remove plaque to reduce the chances of cavities forming and impacting the dental restoration.
- Your diet can contribute to your crowns lasting. Don't bite into ice and avoid sugary foods like soda and candy. Sugars contain the bacteria that produce plaque. So try eating healthy foods like apples and carrots that scrape the plaque off your teeth and incorporate more water into your diet.
- Bruxism, commonly known as teeth grinding, can reduce how long your crowns last as well. So make sure you find a solution for it with your dentist, like getting a mouth guard or splints.
For more information on dental crowns and what they can do for you, contact Dr. Steve Rollins in Waterford, MI, as soon as possible.