Your teeth are incredibly strong. They are the hardest substance contained in the human body. They are even harder than your bones! Even so, they are not indestructible. Your teeth can be faced with physical damage or decay that can compromise the structure and the health of your teeth, putting them at risk for further harm or painful infections. When your teeth are damaged, treatment is needed immediately. Langtree Dental Associates can help with dental crowns.
What is a Dental Crown?
Minor damage to your teeth that only affects the enamel usually only affects the appearance of the teeth. However, if your teeth are affected by more significant damage or decay, the health of your teeth and their appearance are affected. This type of damage can compromise the structural integrity of your teeth as well as put them at risk for serious, painful, infections. Where we might traditionally restore the tooth with a filling, larger areas of decay or damage require a dental crown instead.
A dental crown is a treatment designed to restore a damaged or decayed tooth. It is similar to a cap, which covers the entire visible surface area of a damaged tooth, restoring its strength while also providing it with protection. A crown is also used to cover dental implants that are replacing a single missing tooth, or several missing teeth.
What Types of Dental Crowns are Available?
There are a couple of different types of crowns available.
Getting Your Dental Crown
It generally takes two separate appointments to place a dental crown. During the first appointment, the tooth is prepared. This process, done under a local anesthetic, involves removing a portion of the enamel from the tooth to make it smaller. This is an important step to ensure that the crown fits perfectly in with the rest of your teeth. After the tooth is prepared, we then take an impression.
The impressions are sent to our dental lab, where your crown is custom designed and fabricated. It can take up to two weeks for your final crown to be completed, so a temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth while you wait. Once the crown is ready, you return for your second appointment. We check the crown to make sure that it fits and that your bite is natural. If everything looks good, the crown is bonded into place on the tooth with special dental cement.
The Benefits of a Dental Crown
Dental crowns provide numerous benefits, including
When faced with tooth damage, it is essential that you seek treatment right away, even if the damage does not seem that serious. A dental crown not only restores the strength to a damaged tooth, but it also aids in protecting the tooth from further damage and serious infections. Call Langtree Dental Associates at (704) 672-0477 today for more information and to schedule your appointment.