What Are Dental Crowns?
Almost every patient has heard of crowns. They are one of the most utilized restorative solutions available. Any tooth damaged by a chip, erosion, or fracture can be strengthened by a crown. Many times, by using a crown, the tooth can be spared extraction. It is always important to try and make every effort possible to save the patient’s tooth, in spite of the tooth’s condition. This is due to the fact that once an extraction has occurred, an entire host of other issues can arise. By putting a crown on the tooth, the missing portion is restored, and its functionality returned. Most crowns are made from either porcelain or ceramic. For those patients interested in finding out more about crowns, please come to our office which is located at Artistic Dental.
Benefits of Using Crowns
Those patients dealing with periodontal disease have had to put up with extensive tooth decay issues sometimes for many years. Most will ultimately have multiple teeth lost to the disease and have the overall health of their oral cavity compromised. Patients who lose teeth also no longer have the support structure necessary to keep their lips and cheeks in their typical positions. Without the support, they can sag inward, drastically altering the patient’s appearance. When crowns are used, following root canal surgery, they can seal the interior of the tooth off from any further decay or disease, maintaining the supportive structures and the patient’s appearance.
Most dental professionals chose to use crowns made from porcelain over other materials for several reasons. Once placed, they provide a more natural feel when the patients chew. They also can last for years longer than crowns made from other materials. They also do not have the same limitations as other types of crowns. They can replace the entire visible section of the tooth from the gumline to the biting surface.
Crown Placement Procedure
When placing a crown, more than one appointment is necessary. This is to make sure that the tooth and surrounding area have had ample time to properly heal before starting the next step. At the first appointment, the site will be thoroughly cleaned, removing all decay and diseased sections of the tooth. During this phase, some patients might require additional procedures to ensure proper placement.
Also, x-rays will be used to make sure the jawbone is both healthy enough and strong enough to properly support a crown placement. If there is significant bone loss, grafts will need to be used to strengthen the jawbone.
Crowns can last for decades if properly cared for. Patients can help ensure crowns can last as long as possible by remaining diligent in their daily hygiene practices. They should floss and brush at least twice a day and avoid acidic beverages and foods which can damage their teeth, as well as the crown, requiring additional procedures to correct.
Patients with questions concerning crowns or crown placement procedures should get in touch with our office located at Artistic Dental. Our staff can also be reached by phone. Please call us at (848) 222-3984 today to get an appointment scheduled or for a phone consultation.