Are you wondering whether your smile could benefit from this popular restoration?
More than likely you already know what a dental crown is. This structure is designed to look just like a natural crown of a tooth; the only difference is that it’s completely hollow so that it can easily fit over a tooth. Why would a crown need to fit over a tooth? Our Eau Claire, WI, dentist, Dr. Christopher Poss, is here to explain.
Sometimes, despite all our best efforts, something happens to one or more teeth. Maybe your tooth was cracked, chipped or fractured while playing sports. Maybe taking antibiotics for many years has left you with some serious yellowing stains. Perhaps you didn’t come in every six months for routine cleanings and now you are faced with needing a root canal to treat an infected pulp. In most of these cases, a dental crown can help improve the health of that tooth.
When a tooth becomes damaged or weak, it is susceptible to more damage if left untreated. Think about a porcelain vase. If you crack or chip the vase you may find that the more often you use it the worse the crack gets. What was once a small insignificant crack has grown considerably, making the vase practically unusable. A tooth is much the same way. If you damage it and don’t treat it, you risk further and irreparable damage to the tooth. To protect it, our Eau Claire, WI, general dentist will place a dental crown over it to act as a stronger, more durable outer layer.
Dental crowns are custom-made restorations because not everyone has teeth that are the exact same shape or size. Crowns need to be tailored to each individual person’s smile. In most cases, patients opt for porcelain or tooth-colored crowns because they look the most like real teeth. Before you get your crown we will go through a color guide to choose the proper shade of porcelain to match your smile. Impressions also have to be taken so that the dental lab has your exact tooth measurements from which to create the perfect restoration.
Once your tooth has been filed down and is ready for the crown, we will place it over your tooth, check the fit and your bite, and then cement it into place. With the proper care, crowns can last up to 10 years or more before ever needing to be replaced.
If you have questions about dental crowns and want to find out if they could improve your smile, then call our Eau Claire, WI, dental office today to learn more. We want to make sure that you have the dental care you need to maintain the very best oral health possible.