Dental crowns provide the structure and stability damaged teeth desperately need. Best of all, no one will ever know that your tooth was ever damaged when you choose this cosmetic dentistry option. Your Colorado Springs dentist, Nolan R. Behr, DDS, is here to explain how dental crowns can help you keep your smile strong and healthy.
What are crowns?
Whether you call them crowns or caps, these prosthetic devices help strengthen weak or damaged teeth. Crowns completely cover the portion of the tooth visible above the gums. They are often made from porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, nickel, or gold.
How can a crown help me?
Chips or cracks can weaken teeth, making them more likely to break. Damage can occur to the nerve when a tooth breaks. If this happens, a root canal is the best option to save the tooth. You'll reduce the chances of needing a root canal if you receive a crown when you first notice the chip or crack. If part of your tooth is already broken, a crown will help prevent further breakage.
Crowns are also used to provide stability to teeth with large fillings and cover discolored or oddly shaped teeth.
What happens when I receive a crown?
Your Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Behr will begin the process by making an impression of your damaged tooth. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory, which uses it to ensure your new crown will fit perfectly. Your dentist will file down your tooth to ensure there is enough room for the crown to easily slide over it. You'll wear a temporary crown, made in your dentist's office until your permanent crown is ready in about two weeks.
When you return for your next appointment, your dentist will check the fit and make any adjustments before permanently attaching the crown to your tooth. A good fit ensures that your bite isn't affected by the crown and that it feels natural. In fact, you shouldn't even be able to tell that you have a crown if it fits perfectly.
Concerned about a damaged tooth and think a dental crown might be a good option? Call Nolan R. Behr, DDS, your Colorado Springs dentist, at (719) 591-2050 and schedule a visit.