6 Reasons You May Need A Dental Crown
- March 4, 2016
Patient 1 has a filling that needs to be replaced … again.
Patient 2 has a toothache, and just learned that she needs a root canal.
Patient 3 has a chipped tooth, which is making him self-conscious about his smile.
There is one dental service that can help all three of these patients and several others as well. Do you know what that service is?
It’s a dental crown, which is one of the many restorative treatments we offer at Gentle Dental Care.
We want to explain what a dental crown is, how you can get one, and the multiple ways we can use dental crowns to help patients at our dentist office in Plainville, CT.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are a replacement for the natural crowns of your teeth.
If you need a dental crown, it is because something has happened to damage one or more of your teeth.
Your dental crown will be made of porcelain, e.max, zirconium, or a combination of materials.
Your completed crown will be strong enough so you can continue eating the foods that you want to eat, and it will look like one of your natural teeth with you open your mouth or smile.
How You Get A Dental Crown
When you get a dental crown, the first step is numbing your tooth and the surrounding tissue with a local anesthetic. We don’t want you to experience any pain or sensitivity during this procedure.
Next, we will make an impression of the tooth to be replaced. This impression is sent to the laboratory that will craft a crown that fits into the same space in your mouth.
After making the impression, we will reshape your tooth, leaving an abutment. We will place a temporary crown on your abutment at the end of your initial appointment.
When your permanent crown is ready, we will remove your temporary crown. The completed dental crown will be bonded to your tooth, giving you the full function and appearance of a natural tooth.
Why You May Want A New Crown
Dental crowns can be used for a number of reasons, and we’ve listed several of those reasons below.
1. You received a root canal.
To perform a root canal, the dentist needs to make an opening in your tooth. This is so he can remove the infected pulp from the inside of your tooth.
When he finishes, the tooth will be filled with a special material. To complete the procedure, the dentist needs to cap the tooth, and a dental crown is often the best way to do this.
2. You are getting a dental bridge.
If you need to replace one or more missing teeth, one of the ways to do that is with a dental bridge. These bridges are composed of multiple dental crowns that have been bonded together.
The crowns on either end of your bridge are bonded to the teeth on either side of your gap. These crowns serve as the anchors and provide support for the crown or crowns in the middle of your dental bridge.
3. You have a weak tooth.
Tooth decay or trauma can weaken one or more teeth. This can make it difficult for you to eat or chew certain foods. Your tooth may feel more sensitive to hot or cold drinks and foods as well.
In this case, a dental crown will reinforce the tooth so that it can regain its full strength.
4. You have a chipped, broken, or worn down tooth.
This can happen in an instant, or it may be the result of long-term habits such as grinding your teeth together. Your tooth may also become worn down if you have received multiple fillings in the same tooth. Each replacement process may have taken a little more of your tooth with it.
A dental crown effectively rebuilds your tooth to its original size and functionality.
5. You have a yellow or discolored tooth.
This may be the result of tooth decay or trauma as well. It also could be the result of staining due to poor dental hygiene or tobacco use.
In any case, if you have a tooth that looks noticeably darker than its neighbors, then a dental crown can give you smile a more uniform appearance.
6. You need a dental implant.
If you have a tooth removed or one of your teeth has fallen out, you may get a dental implant to replace the root of your missing teeth. Each implant has an abutment on the end. This is where we can place a dental crown to give you a complete tooth replacement.
Ready To Get Crowned
If you or someone you know might benefit from getting a dental crown, then please contact our dentist office in Plainville, CT. We will be happy to look at your teeth to see of a dental crown or another restorative option could help with your problem.
Call Gentle Dental Care at 860-479-2397 or fill out our online form to make an appointment.