Decay, infection, oral injury--they're some of the reasons your dentists at Southwest Dental Group in Racine, WI may recommend a dental crown. A crown strengthens a weak tooth so your smile looks and performs as it should. Learn more here about these reliable restorations.
Keeping your tooth
Losing a tooth impacts your appearance, confidence, ability to speak clearly and to chew properly. Furthermore, it alters the alignment and strength of your remaining teeth. Bone and gums recede at the extraction site, and with substantial tooth loss, facial contours dramatically change.
While sometimes unavoidable, tooth loss largely can be prevented with good oral hygiene at home and routine care with your dentist at Southwest Dental Group in Racine. However, if your dentist determines through X-rays and visual inspection that a tooth has lost a lot of tooth structure, or is cracked and chipped due to oral trauma, he may advise crown placement.
What is a crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap made of high-quality porcelain. Durable and customized to mimic the color and shape of your natural teeth, this restoration supports your remaining tooth structure and protects the areas that are weak. Your dentist may advise a crown to cover a tooth saved by root canal therapy, and crowns restore today's superior tooth replacements, dental implants.
The single-tooth crown
To create your crown, your dentist first takes oral impressions. This allows the dental lab to make an accurate three-dimensional model of your tooth and to use it to fabricate your restoration. Also, the dentist removes the decayed and cracked areas and any old fillings. The remaining healthy structure is covered with a temporary cap.
After a couple of weeks, your new crown returns from the dental lab. Your dentist removes the temporary restoration and using a strong adhesive, bonds the permanent cap in place. Plus, he'll adjust your crown for proper fit and bite.
Caring for your dental crown
As with all your teeth, you should brush and floss around your crown daily, removing the food residues which contain toxic bacteria. While crowns cannot decay, the gum tissue around your restoration can get periodontal disease.
Also, be sure to see your dentist semi-annually for a cleaning and examination. If you grind your teeth, your crown could wear prematurely. Ask about a custom-made bite guard to cushion your teeth against premature wear.
Talk to your dentist
If you have a failing or misshapen tooth, you may benefit from a dental crown. Why not contact Southwest Dental Group to arrange a consultation with one of our dentists? They'll answer your questions and tell you if a crown could help your smile. Call (262) 632-3156.