A complete smile is a real treasure. However, if decay, infection or accident has injured a tooth or two, your appearance and oral function suffer. At Fowlerville Family Dentistry in Fowlerville, MI, Drs. Samuel Allen, Brian Giammvala and Brian Petersburg, restore damaged teeth with dental crowns so you keep your smile whole.
What's a dental crown?
A dental crown is a time-honored restoration. Also called a cap, a crown covers a tooth located anywhere in the mouth, replacing damaged portions with bright and durable porcelain.
Your dentist recommends a dental crown when he examines and X-rays a tooth which is symptomatic (with toothache pain, for instance) and has structural defects. The tooth may be in danger of extraction, a treatment option your dentist wishes to avoid because of its impact on long-term oral health, function and appearance.
Conversely, a dental crown allows you to retain your tooth, relieve pain and other symptoms, and have a natural-looking and complete smile. In their Fowlerville, MI, office, Dr. Allen, Dr. Giammvala and Dr. Petersburg place dental crowns with precision and true artistry. You'll be pleased with the outcome.
In addition, your dentist uses crowns to finish dental implant procedures. Or, if an individual elects fixed bridgework to replace missing teeth, dental crowns anchor that prosthetic to healthy teeth near the smile gap.
The crown procedure
You'll visit Fowlerville Family Dentistry twice to receive your new crown. The first visit involves evaluation and treatment planning. Also, your dentist will prepare your tooth to receive its crown.
Next, the dentist takes oral impressions so the lab has an exact copy of your tooth and its neighbors. He places a temporary crown that will protect the tooth until you get the permanent one. In the interim, the lab sculpts a crown from tooth-colored porcelain.
At the second appointment, your dentist removes the transitional crown and cements the new one onto the tooth. Today's crowns have an excellent bite and fit; however, it may take a day or two for you to adjust to how your restoration feels.
Your renewed tooth
Dental crowns last a decade or more when you practice good oral hygiene at home and see your dentist in Fowlerville twice yearly for an exam and cleaning. Be mindful that crowns are sturdy but not indestructible. So, don't crunch down on peanut brittle or candy apples, and never open bottles or packages with your teeth. You could crack or break off your crown.
Come see us
If you have a failing tooth, don't wait. At Fowlerville Family Dentistry, we can take care of it. Dr. Allen, Dr. Giammvala and Dr. Petersburg are experts in restorative, cosmetic and preventive necessary. Call for a consultation: (517) 223-8545.