Dental crowns are a versatile treatment option that can address numerous issues regarding the health and aesthetics of your teeth. Crowns are one of many services available from Maryam Rostami, DMD, of Smile Bright Dental, serving the communities of Tampa and New Port Richey, Florida. To learn more about the role a dental crown might play in your oral health, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
A dental crown is an artificial “cap” or cover that fits over the visible portion of your tooth. Crowns provide protection for a weak or damaged tooth. They also serve a cosmetic purpose, and can improve the appearance of your smile.
Some of the reasons you might need a crown include:
Dental crowns also make up the visible portion of a dental implant.
The process begins with a thorough dental exam to determine if a crown is the best course of action. If you have areas of decay or signs of gum disease, those needs should be addressed prior to considering a crown.
If a crown is the best course of action, your practitioner begins by numbing the area to help you remain comfortable. The tooth is reshaped to create room for the new crown. In some cases, filling materials are used to build up certain areas of the tooth.
Next, digital imaging or impressions are gathered to provide the exact specifications of your tooth. That information is used to create a custom crown that delivers a perfect fit.
Once your crown is ready, your dentist checks it for fit before cementing it into place. Small adjustments can be made to create the best possible fit.
Once in place your new crown will look and function just like your natural teeth. While your crown won’t be subject to decay, it’s critical to maintain a strong dental hygiene routine to avoid gum disease and bone loss, both of which can cause lost teeth.
Take care to avoid biting down on hard food or other objects. Don’t use your teeth as tools to carry objects or pry things open. If you notice a change in your dental crown, schedule a visit at Smile Bright Dental right away to have it checked.
If you’d like to learn more about dental crowns and other restoration options, call or book an appointment online today.