Signs You May Need a Crown
Do you frequently use your teeth as tools, but wonder why they are worn down? Are they weakened from damage or decay? If so, these are only a few signs you may need a dental crown. When teeth are fragile, they are more prone to injury, and a dental crown is an excellent way to protect and restore them to better health. If significant tooth structure is missing above the gum line, and chips and cracks are present on enamel, consult with your East Hartford, CT, dentist at Prestige Dental Network to discuss the benefits of this restoration.
What is a Dental Crown?
Also called tooth caps, they completely cover your natural tooth above the gum line. They can replace a tooth entirely to support bridgework but are usually encouraged to help one or more teeth function normally again. Dental crowns are often composed of a variety of materials such as ceramic, porcelain, composite resin, or a combination of these. Your East Hartford, CT, dentist will decide which is best for you after considering several factors, such as the tooth's position, how much natural tooth is present, and how much the problem tooth will show when you smile.
Signs You May Need a Dental Crown
Below are a few situations where you may require a dental crown.
- Tooth grinding has produced soft and weak enamel
- Teeth are broken down to the bone
- Your teeth appear undesirable due to chips, cracks, wear and tear
- Large cavities are present that make a tooth prone to fracture
What Can I Expect From the Procedure?
Crowning your new tooth typically takes two visits to complete. During your first appointment, your natural tooth is minimally shaped for the best fit. Before you leave the office, a temporary crown will be set into place while your permanent crown is crafted in a laboratory. When your permanent crown is ready, you will have your second visit, where your East Hartford, CT, dentist, will cement or bond it to the tooth. For ultimate success, you will need to properly care for your dental crown as you would a natural tooth. That means brush at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and visit us for annual cleanings.
If you believe you can benefit from a dental crown, schedule a consultation at Prestige Dental Network to discuss questions and concerns. We will describe the tooth preparation process in detail and walk you through the procedure step by step. To learn more about dental crowns and other services provided, visit our website. For appointment scheduling, please call (855–697–7378).