Your teeth can hold up to a lot of daily wear and tear, but they are not impervious to damage. When damage does occur, it can affect your oral health. Untreated damage can lead to further damage (such as splitting or shattering) or serious infections. Depending upon the location of the affected tooth, it may also affect your appearance. At Gregory A. Williams, DMD, PC, crowns can be used to restore the health of your teeth.
Caps for Your Teeth
There are several causes of tooth damagecracks, chips, and cavities. When your teeth are damaged, their strength and your oral health become compromised. Damage can lead to the affected tooth splitting or shattering. A crown is a dental restoration designed to “cap” a damaged tooth, allowing it to stay in place (rather than extracting it). The crown simultaneously holds a damaged tooth together, provides it with strength, and protects it from bacterial invasion.
Materials for Crowns
There are a few different materials that are used to make crowns. Each type of crown has its advantages, as well as its drawbacks:
The Crown Procedure
Crowns typically take two visits to complete. On your first visit, your affected tooth (or teeth) is prepared. A small amount of your tooth enamel is removed, which allows for the crown to fit comfortably, and naturally in with the rest of your teeth. Once the tooth is prepared, we then take an impression.
The impression is then sent to our lab, where your custom crown is designed and created. It can take up to two weeks for your new crown to be ready, so a temporary crown will be placed to protect the tooth while you wait. After your tooth is sent back, we will then call you back in for your second visit. During this visit, the crown is checked for proper fit and then cemented into place.
Benefits of Crowns
There are several benefits that come with a crown:
Call to schedule your consultation
If one or more of your teeth have experienced damage, seeking dental help right away is important. Call Gregory A. Williams, DMD, PC to schedule your appointment today.