Restorative dentistry is vital for fixing all kinds of teeth damages and defects.
We all would like to maintain our teeth forever. However, sometimes our teeth break down and we need some help to restore them to form. Here at Blue Wolf Dental we have several treatment options to restore your dentition. Through the strategic use of composite restorations (aka “tooth colored fillings”), crowns, bridges, implants, tooth extractions, root canals, removable prosthesis (such as complete dentures and partial dentures) we can restore your smile. Let our team can perform a thorough examination of your dentition to discuss what treatment options might be best for you.
Dentistry is an art as well as a science and dental crowns offer a perfect example of this. A dental crown (often referred to as a “cap”) is a covering that fits over a damaged, decayed, or unattractive tooth. A crown completely covers a tooth unlike a dental veneer, which only covers a tooth’s front surface. Therefore, if a tooth is missing a significant amount of structure above the gum line, a crown would be the restoration of choice.
Crowns strengthen damaged teeth which allows them to function normally again. The high tech porcelain crowns crafted to are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. They can even be designed to improve upon a tooth’s original appearance.
There are other materials besides porcelain that we can be used to make dental crowns, depending on what qualities are most important for your case. The long term durability of cast gold crowns cannot be beat, but it is not always the most aesthetic choice. Porcelain fused to metal crowns (PFM) are also available which have a metal interior for strength and a porcelain exterior for a more natural appearance. Another option is a crown made of zirconia which is the strongest ceramic available in dentistry. The pros and cons of all these options will be discussed with you.
Crowning a Tooth
The crowning or capping of a tooth usually is a two to three visit process. At the first visit, your tooth is prepared to receive its new crown. The tooth is shaved down to a uniform shape to allow it to fit inside the new covering. This process is completed while you are numb. In some cases there is very little tooth structure left to begin with which requires the tooth to be built up with filling material in order to support the crown.
After the tooth is prepared, impressions of your teeth are taken, either digitally or with putty like impression materials, and sent to the dental laboratory. There, a skilled technician use the impressions will be used to make models of your teeth for the creation of a crown. The models will serve as guides to ensure that your new crown is designed to enhance your smile and function well within your bite.
Before the end of your first appointment, a temporary crown will be attached to your tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready. At the second visit, your permanent crown will be attached to your tooth with either a resin that hardens when exposed to a special light source or a type of permanent cement.
Taking Care of Your Crowns
Crowns require the same level of care as your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss between all of your teeth every day to reduce the buildup of dental plaque. When you have crowns, it is even more important to maintain your regular schedule of cleanings at the dental office. If you have a habit of grinding your teeth, wearing a night guard is a good idea to protect your teeth and your investment.