Dental Crowns Explained
- July 26, 2017
Hello and welcome to the online home of Gentle Dental Care. We are your trusted source for restorative dentistry solutions in Central Connecticut. As such, today we wanted to talk a little bit about what a dental crown is, how you can get one here, and the multiple ways we can use dental crowns to help patients like you to look and feel better fast. Keep reading, and then be sure to follow up and schedule your consultation with Dr. Peltzer at our welcoming dentist’s office in Plainville, CT.
What Dental Crowns Do
Here’s the deal: dental crowns are simply a replacement for the natural crowns of your teeth. When you need a dental crown, it is likely because something has happened to damage one or more of your teeth.
What They Are Made Of
When you come in for restorative work, your dental crown will be crafted out of porcelain, e.max, zirconium, or a combination of materials. This means that the finished product will be strong enough to allow you to eat the foods you love, and it will look like it belongs in your mouth!
Getting A Dental Crown Is Easy
The first step in the procedure is numbing your tooth and the surrounding tissue with a local anesthetic. We are the gentle dental office, after all! 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 place a temporary crown on an 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. Sounds great, right?
When You Might Need A New Crown
Root Canals: To perform a root canal, Dr. Peltzer 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, Dr. Peltzer needs to cap the tooth, and a dental crown is often the best way to do this.
Dental Bridges: Whenever 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.
Chipped Or Broken Teeth: This can happen in a flash, like an accident, or it may be the slow 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.
Stained Teeth: This may be the result of tooth decay or trauma as well. It also could be the result of staining due to coffee consumption, poor dental hygiene or tobacco use. In any case, if you have a tooth that looks noticeably darker, a dental crown can give your smile a boost.
Dental Implants: If you have experienced tooth loss as an adult, you may need to 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.
Regardless of your restorative dentistry needs, Dr. Peltzer can get you smiling big again in a hurry!
Learn More, Get Started!
We hope you have been inspired by today’s post! Call Gentle Dental Care at 860-479-2397 to schedule your consultation in our Plainville, CT office!