Your teeth might not look it, but they are the strongest substance in your body. They are even harder than your bones. While exceptionally strong, however, the teeth can still be subject to damage that not only affects your smile, but that can affect your oral health as well. In the event of tooth damage, Jillian Prather Family Dentistry can restore their appearance and their strength with crowns.
What is a Crown?Teeth can be damaged for some different reasons, including facial trauma, tooth decay, and more. While most minor damage might only affect the quality of your smile, more significant damage can have a serious impact on your oral, and overall, health. Damaged teeth can let bacteria into the inner layers of your teeth, where they can cause a serious infection.
A crown is a dental restoration that is used to treat severely damaged teeth. They are small cap-like structures that are made to fit over the entire visible surface area of an affected tooth. A crown is designed to both protect the tooth while restoring its strength, allowing it to function normally again.
Types of CrownsThere are several different materials that may be used to make a dental crown. Common materials include
What to Expect During Crown PlacementCrowns typically require two appointments. During the first appointment, the damaged tooth is prepared. Done under a local anesthetic, this process involves removing a portion of the enamel to reduce the tooth is size. This is necessary to ensure that your crown will fit properly and comfortably in your mouth. After the tooth is prepared, an impression is taken that is sent to our dental lab. Until the crown is ready, a temporary restoration is placed to protect the tooth. After it is finished, a second visit is required to check the crown for proper fit and bite and to secure it into place.
The Benefits of a CrownCrowns provide a multitude of benefits, including
If you have been faced with tooth damage, do not ignore it. Even if it does not look serious, damage can put your oral, and overall, health at risk. To schedule your consultation, call Jillian Prather Family Dentistry at (918) 401-9933 today.