CHOOSING THE RIGHT DENTAL CROWN TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND APPEARANCE OF YOUR SMILE
Your adult smile should have 32 teeth (or 28 if you had your wisdom teeth removed). While an issue with one tooth might not seem like a big deal, it really is. One diseased tooth that isn't treated may affect all of your other teeth as well as your gums. A cracked or chipped tooth may ruin the appearance of your grin. And only one lost tooth may affect the alignment of all your remaining teeth. Dentists in Wake Forest, NC typically use crowns to repair, strengthen, or restore one tooth. At DentalWorks - Wake Forest, we provide custom-made crowns that feel and look natural. Keep reading to find out how crowns may be used, different kinds of crowns, and also what will happen if you get a crown:
WHY YOU MIGHT NEED A CROWN
There are several explanations for why your dentist might suggest a crown. A crown will provide protection and strength if a tooth is cracked, chipped, or has a big cavity. A custom-made crown may also replace a lost tooth or cover stains to enhance the appearance of your smile.
- COSMETIC IMPROVEMENTS
To enhance the contour, color, and general look of your teeth, you might get custom crowns to cover misshapen or stained teeth. Commonly called having your teeth "capped," custom crowns can be a part of a smile makeover.
- FOLLOWING ROOT CANAL THERAPY
Root canal treatment eliminates the contaminated pulp from inside the tooth then adds a special filling substance. But, in most cases, a dentist will also put a crown on the tooth for extra protection and strength.
- A CRACK IN YOUR TOOTH
A cracked tooth could be held together and protected against further harm with a crown. After your dentist has checked for an infection and cleaned the tooth, then a custom-made crown will be placed over the tooth.
- A CHIP IN YOUR TOOTH
Although a chip on your tooth might not seem like a big deal, it may weaken your tooth and cause it to be even more vulnerable to decay and disease. A crown can not only enhance the appearance of a tooth with a chip, but additionally, it provides strength.
- A LOST TOOTH
If your tooth is missing from an accident, decay, or a different reason, you can restore it with a dental crown. When one of your front teeth are lost, it may affect the appearance of your smile; however, there are more reasons to restore a missing tooth. A lost tooth will allow your teeth to move out of alignment, which may cause painful problems, such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
- A BIG CAVITY
When a cavity is too big to be treated using a tooth-colored filling, then your dentist might suggest a crown to cover and protect your tooth after the decayed enamel has been eliminated.
KINDS OF CROWNS
When you need a crown, your dentist will speak with you about which type of crown is ideal for your specific concerns and wants. Based on which tooth is getting the crown and the way you would like your smile to appear, a porcelain or metal crown may be suggested. If you're replacing a missing tooth, you may also select an implant-supported crown.
Many individuals enjoy the look of a gold crown. Typically, a combination of copper, gold, and similar metals, a gold crown may be placed on the front or back teeth to give some bling to your grin.
An implant-supported crown can be used to restore one lost tooth. Once the post is integrated with the jaw, a crown in your choice of materials will be connected.
An all-ceramic crown is typically used for the front teeth. Shaded and contoured to blend with your natural teeth, an all-ceramic crown offers a seamless result.
- PORCELAIN OVER METAL
In case you need both durability and a natural-looking appearance, then a crown made from metal covered in porcelain is a good option. Great for back teeth, this crown has the durability of metal combined with the enamel-like look of porcelain.
One of the most durable options, a metal crown is very good for the molars and pre-molars. A combination of corrosion-resistant alloys, a metal crown provides a lot of protection.
Once you and your dental team have determined which type of crown you may get; your dental appointment can be set. In most cases, your dentist will have to remove a little of your current tooth to create space for your crown. This will let it fit snugly on your tooth without creating too much or insufficient space for your neighboring teeth. Once your enamel is prepped, your team will take images and impressions, which will be used design your custom crown. A few Wake Forest, NC dentists offer one-day ceramic crowns, which can be designed and milled in their practice with advanced 3-D printers. Based on the technology the office has and the type of crown you're getting, a same-day crown might not be available. If your crown is made at a dental lab, your dentist may put a temporary restoration on your own tooth to cover it while your crown is crafted by specialists. An implanted crown will also need longer, because it requires approximately 3 – 6 months for the post to heal into your gums and bone so it's stable enough to hold your crown. Your dentist will speak with you about exactly what to anticipate and summarize your custom treatment plan during your consultation.
GETTING YOUR CROWN
No matter whether your crown has been created in one day at your dentist's office or in a dental lab, after it's made, your dentist will complete your procedure. If a temporary crown was used, it'll be taken off. Your tooth will be cleaned and disinfected before your crown is attached. When the crown is set, your dentist may make small alterations to enhance the overall fit and look. Before you go home, your dentist will discuss care directions to help your restoration last a long time.
CARING FOR YOUR CROWN
After your crown is on, you will need to be certain it remains healthy and strong. Based on the make of the crown, your dentist might suggest special directions, like particular cleaning products or additional visits. In general, you need to care for your crown just like your natural teeth with daily flossing and brushing. While more stain-resistant compared to your natural teeth, ceramic or porcelain crowns may get stains, so you should brush as soon as possible after smoking or drinking and eating things such as tea, coffee, or berries. It's best to avoid sticky or hard foods (as an instance, caramel or ice) to prevent breaking or pulling your crown off. If your restoration does fall out or gets damaged, speak to your dentist to schedule an appointment and request guidance on keeping your crown till you arrive. You should also schedule appointments at your dentist in Wake Forest, NC two times a year to get an examination and cleanings. This will provide your dentist the chance to modify your crown, if necessary, or let you know whether it has to be repaired or replaced. With good care, your crown can last for quite a while.
SMILE MORE WITH YOUR CUSTOM CROWN
When you've got a weak, chipped, or lost tooth, talk to your dentist in Wake Forest, NC about a crown. At DentalWorks - Wake Forest, we provide several crown materials in addition to implanted crowns to match your needs and wants. Schedule a consultation at our office in Wake Forest, NC to find out more about your choices and the way the crown may enhance the health and appearance of your smile.