Do you have a severely damaged or broken tooth preventing you from smiling? It would help if you were not overly concerned about the issue because dental crowns or caps can conceal the damages to protect your tooth and allow you to smile in a couple of visits to the dentist’s office.
Dental crowns are beneficial to protect teeth weakened from decay or to restore a broken or severely worn down tooth. These restorations also help to cover and support a tooth with extensive fillings without much of the tooth structure left.
The dentist near you may provide these restorations for cosmetic modifications covering misshapen or discolored teeth. If you have lost, teeth crowns can hold a dental bridge or even cover a dental implant. All it requires from you is to contact the dentist in Ellicott City, MD, with inquiries of how you can restore your teeth to their former glory.
Dental crowns in Ellicott City, MD, provides the traditional variety made from stainless steel. They also offer you various choices like all-metal crowns, all resin, all-ceramic, or porcelain fused to metal. You can discuss your preferences for the restoration with the dentist after understanding the pros and cons of dental crowns to ensure you make an appropriate choice.
You must prepare yourself for two visits to the dentist’s office if you want to protect your teeth and enhance their appearance with restorations like dental crowns. The first visit involves examining your tooth when the dentist from Excel dental care — Dr. Maryam Roosta, x-rays your tooth to evaluate the roots of the tooth receiving the crown and surrounding bone. If extensive decay or risks of infection or injury to the tooth’s pulp are detected, the dentist initially recommends performing root canal treatment.
Before starting the process of making your customized crown, the dentist numbs your tooth and gum tissue around it. You receive local anesthesia for the numbing to make you comfortable. After that, the dentist reshapes the tooth receiving the crown along the chewing surface and the sides to accommodate the crown. How much reshaping is required depends on the type of crown you have chosen.
After reshaping your tooth, the dentist makes impressions of the same either with dental putty or a digital scanner. Images of your teeth in the upper and lower jaws are also taken to ensure the restoration will not affect your bite. The impressions are sent to a dental laboratory to customize your crown. The laboratory requires approximately three weeks to fabricate the restoration and returning it to your dentist. The reshaped tooth is protected by a temporary crown made from acrylic and held in place with temporary dental cement.
When you return to have the permanent restoration on your tooth, the process begins with the removal of the temporary crowns. The dentist checks the fit and color of the permanent repair to ensure it is acceptable. You receive local anesthesia again to numb the tooth as the permanent crown is bonded in place.
Dental crowns do not require any special care so long as you continue to follow acceptable oral hygiene practices like brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing at least once, paying attention around the crown area where the gum meets the tooth. Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash at least once a day is recommended by the dentist. It helps if you remember that crowning your tooth does not protect it from decay or gum disease. Therefore you must exercise caution after having restorations like crowns placed on your teeth to protect them and allow you to smile.
Dental crowns last between 5 to 15 years. The lifespan of these restorations depends on the wear and tear they are exposed to and the oral hygiene practices you follow. It would be best to avoid habits like chewing on ice, fingernails, using your teeth to open packages and grind or clenching your teeth. Enquiring with the dentist about preventive measures you can use to manage bruxism gets you recommendations for using a nightguard to prevent damages to your dental crowns.