Dental crowns, also known as caps, are dental prosthetics that are used to restore damaged or decayed teeth to their natural size, shape, and strength.
They are custom-made to fit over a damaged tooth or a dental implant, covering the entire visible portion of the tooth above the gum line.
Dental crowns can help prevent further damage or decay to your tooth?
Before the crown placement process begins, your Charlotte dentist will conduct a comprehensive examination of the affected tooth and surrounding gum tissue to determine the best treatment plan. This may involve taking x-rays and impressions of the teeth.
Once the treatment plan is established, the dentist will begin preparing the affected tooth by removing any decayed or damaged areas. The tooth may also need to be shaped to accommodate the crown.
After tooth preparation is complete, the dentist will take an impression of the affected tooth to create a custom-made crown that fits perfectly. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where the crown is fabricated.
While waiting for the permanent crown to be fabricated, the dentist will place a temporary crown over the prepared tooth to protect it from damage and sensitivity.
Once the permanent crown is ready, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is cemented onto the prepared tooth.
The dentist will make any final adjustments to ensure the crown fits properly and feels comfortable. The crown is then polished to give it a natural and shiny appearance.
Dental crowns can also help improve the alignment and bite of your teeth?
Dental crowns can last up to 15 years with proper care and maintenance. This includes brushing and flossing regularly and avoiding biting down on hard objects, such as ice or hard candy.
Yes, there are alternatives to dental crowns, such as dental veneers and bonding but those are typically cosmetic treatments. The best alternative depends on your specific needs. Our dental experts at Black Dog Dental Studio can help determine which option is best for you.
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