When a tooth is damaged, there are many options Dr. Natasha Patel needs to consider. If the structure is too damaged to be replaced by a simple filling but can still be saved, a dental crown can offer fantastic long-term protection. Whether your tooth was broken in a dental injury or because of extensive tooth decay, you don’t have to resort to extraction. If your tooth is damaged, an expertly-crafted crown can make a big difference! Call our office to schedule an appointment!
Dental crowns, also known as caps, are restorative devices designed to repair damaged teeth. They can effectively restore not just the function of your tooth, but also it’s shape, size and appearance. Crowns are cemented on top of existing teeth to protect the damaged portions from future decay and from oral bacteria exposure.
Dental crowns are one of the most commonly-used restorations in dentistry to date because of their versatility. With them, dentists can perform a wide variety of functions. These include:
After examining your damaged tooth and performing any necessary X-rays to determine the extent of the damage, Dr. Patel will give an honest evaluation of what your next steps should be. If that includes placing a dental crown, she will numb your tooth and surrounding gum tissue to prepare it for alteration. After a small amount of tooth enamel is removed to make room for the crown, she’ll use a putty-like material to take an impression of the tooth so a permanent crown can be made. This mold will be sent to a dental lab where the final crown is created.
The fabrication process takes about two weeks to complete, so during this time you will wear a temporary crown to protect the tooth. Once the tooth is created, you’ll come back for a second appointment to have it placed.
Dental restorations cannot develop decay like natural enamel, but that doesn’t mean the natural tooth underneath the crown nor the surrounding gum tissue can’t develop disease. Therefore, it is important that you brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste and floss daily. Make sure to remove plaque and food debris from around the crown itself. Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash can also provide additional protection.
Do you need a dental crown? Contact your dentist in Orange Park Dr. Patel to give your tooth a second chance!