For most people, a trip to the dentist is pretty far down on the priority list. Even when we have dental problems, most of us tend to put them off until they’ve caused us a significant amount of pain. In the case of a broken tooth, or a tooth suffering from decay, this tendency can be disastrous – leading to further damage and more expensive dental work than would have originally been necessary. The staff at Kane & Kerper Dentistry has extensive experience treating both of these issues, and may be able to use a dental crown to save your tooth, even if it’s been badly damaged.
What are dental crowns used for?
Dental crowns can be used to fix a number of dental issues. From a holding together a tooth that has been broken, to protecting a decayed or weak tooth from further damage, dental crowns are a useful treatment for many issues. They also have a place in cosmetic restorations: covering dental implants and correcting the look of teeth that are improperly shaped or that have become discolored. Finally, they are also used to hold a fixed dental bridge permanently in place.
What is involved in placing a dental crown?
The first step in placing your dental crown will be taking an digital x-ray of the tooth to determine how bad the damage is. In some cases, it may be necessary for the dentist to perform a root canal or build up the tooth with a traditional filling or a dental bonding before the dental crown can be placed. The tooth will be numbed, and then prepared for the dental crown. This involves slightly filing down the tooth’s surface so that there is room for the crown to fit properly, and then taking an impression of the tooth. This impression will be sent to a laboratory where your custom restoration will be made. Next, we will place a temporary dental crown over your tooth until your next visit. Once the crown has been made, you will return to our office, and the dental crown will be permanently cemented into place.
Caring for your temporary crown
Your temporary dental crown will require some special care procedures to ensure it does not become damaged or dislodged. You will need to avoid chewing with the side of your mouth where the temporary crown is located, and avoid any foods such as caramel or chewing gum. You will also need to avoid particularly crunchy or difficult to chew foods while your temporary crown is in place. Brush your teeth very gently, and use caution when flossing.
If you have any more questions about dental crowns, or would like to know if this restoration may be a good treatment option for you, call or email Kane & Kerper Dentistry today to schedule your consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve a bright and healthy smile once more.
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