Crowns are used as a cosmetic procedure to repair teeth which are badly formed, broken, decayed, eroded, or even when large gaps are present between teeth. They strengthen the tooth that is damaged by replacing missing portions and even adding to the resilience and overall appearance of the tooth. Crowns can be made of various materials such as ceramic or metal.
Our team here at Mor Smiles strives to give our patients the smile and confidence they deserve. We can review the benefits of crowns during your visit.
Who Needs a Crown Treatment?
Those patients with an overly worn, or badly decayed tooth as well as those with a fractured tooth would greatly benefit from a crown. A crown can protect a badly damaged tooth, holding together the broken sections. It can also be a potential treatment option to help with dental implants and bridges. Crowns are a great remedy for a variety of dental needs.
Why a Crown Placement?
A smile is a first impression. For those patients who are worried about teeth that are chipped, discolored, or not properly aligned, crowns can help by improving their smile. And while improving their smile, patients will also have improved functionality of the corrected tooth and overall better oral health.
By closing the gaps between the patient’s teeth, a crown can prevent food from becoming lodged between teeth, thus limiting tooth decay and increasing the tooth’s health and lifespan. Matching the unique shape and individual color of a patient’s tooth with a crown is important to seamlessly blend the crown with existing teeth.
How Are Crowns Placed?
Typically, two appointments are needed to complete the placement of a crown. During the first office visit, our staff will take x-rays and prepare the tooth with an examination to make sure the root structure is strong enough to proceed. If necessary, our staff will recommend additional treatments to improve overall tooth health. Our staff will then make the crown based on the dimensions of the existing tooth and surrounding teeth.
While the initial office visit is merely preparation, the subsequent one includes the actual crown placement. The second visit is generally a few weeks later to provide our team time to properly prepare your crown. We ensure that it is the correct color, shape, and size so that it meets your needs.
The placement is painless. Our staff uses an anesthetic on the surrounding area to desensitize it and will not proceed until the patient is numbed. We want to make sure you are comfortable during all procedures.
How Long Do Crowns Last?
Even though the average lifespan of a crown is approximately 10-15 years, patients have the ability to extend the life of their crown by engaging in proper care. If patients avoid eating acidic or sticky foods, practice proper oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly, and scheduling professional checkups and dental exams at our office, their newly minted smiles can last a lifetime.
Let our team of dedicated professionals discuss crown placement options here at Mor Smiles. Call us today at 223-258-5088 or visit our practice during office hours.