Brandyberry & Associates places dental crowns at our Thomasville practice serving the triad area of North Carolina.
Dental crowns are synthetic, tooth-shaped covers that are placed over damaged or decayed teeth, or on top of a dental implant. They can be an excellent solution if a tooth has become severely decayed and cannot be salvaged with a filling. They can hold broken teeth together or hold a dental bridge in place. They can also improve the appearance of your smile by closing a gap between your teeth.
To learn more about how dental crowns can enhance the appearance of your smile, contact our Thomasville practice today.
Crowns can be made from metal (gold alloy, palladium, nickel, or chromium) or porcelain fused to metal (PFM), or they can be all-ceramic. Metal or PFM crowns are the strongest varieties, and are better suited for back teeth than all-ceramic crowns. All-ceramic and PFM crowns are the same color as natural teeth, making them a good choice for replacing more visible teeth. Crowns are expected to last at least seven years, but in some cases, they can last up to 40 years.
Your dentist will begin the crown placement process by filing down your tooth to make room for the crown. Next, he will use thread to press down the gums surrounding the tooth. The dentist will make an impression of the tooth, as well as the teeth above or below the tooth to ensure that your crown will fit comfortably when you bite. The impressions will be sent to a lab where technicians will create your crown. Meanwhile, the dentist will place a temporary crown over your tooth.
During your second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and test the permanent crown to determine whether any further modifications are needed. If the crown is ready, it will be cemented to the tooth.
In some cases, root canal therapy may precede the placement of a crown, leaving no nerve in the tooth. However, if the nerve remains intact, you may experience temporary sensitivity to hot and cold after the crown is placed. If you experience pain when you bite down, you should tell your dentist immediately so the crown can be adjusted for a more comfortable fit.
Dental crowns are a safe and effective cosmetic dentistry procedure, but, as with any surgical procedure, complications can occur. The cement holding your crown in place can wash away from under the crown, but the crown will remain in place. Under these circumstances, bacteria can form under the crown. If your crown seems loose or emits an unusual odor, discuss it with your dentist. If the crown falls out, store it in a zip-top bag and schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
If you have a damaged or decaying tooth, a dental crown can be an excellent solution. To learn more about how you can benefit from a dental crown, contact our Thomasville practice serving the triad area of North Carolina today.