Many people take the enamels for granted until they have a dental problem that makes their life miserable. Good oral hygiene is an excellent way of taking care of your teeth, but it cannot prevent injuries and wear and tear. Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center offers Waterford crowns that protect damaged teeth and enhance their appearance, restoring your smile aesthetics.
Dental concerns you can correct with dental crowns
Dental crowns are unique caps that your doctor places on severely damaged teeth to cover, protect and restore the original shape of your tooth when dental fillings prove futile. These prostheses are made from ceramics, resin, porcelain, or metals. They don’t demand any specialized care other than brushing and flossing regularly. Although oral hygiene prevents most dental problems, your teeth still get damaged due to wear and tear or injuries, distorting their size and shape.
Dental crowns restore shape, size, and strength and enhance the appearance of your teeth, giving you an attractive smile. They are custom-created to match your natural teeth and fit snugly to ensure that you can still speak and smile without being self-conscious. If you get a root canal, have a weak tooth, have a dental implant, have misshapen teeth, or have a broken tooth, you may need a dental crown.
What to expect during a dental crown appointment
The placement of a dental appointment requires two appointments as your specialists need to prepare a customized crown that matches the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth. The team thoroughly examines your teeth during your initial appointment at Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center. If they detect severe decay, they may suggest root canal treatment to remove the infected or damaged part of the affected tooth. The specialists use this first appointment to address dental issues in preparation for the crown placement. They may also need to file the tooth on the sides to allow the crown to fit snugly over your tooth and match it with the other teeth. Your doctor numbs the treatment area to ensure you don’t experience any pain. The team takes impressions of your teeth, sends them to the lab, and sends you home with a temporary crown. Once your custom crown is ready, you must return to the practice for the placement. However, some dentists have the technology to make the crown on the same day so that you can ask your doctor about that.
How to care for your dental crown
After placement of the crown, your provider may give a few tips on how to care for it to ensure durability. If you don’t have a habit of brushing and flossing daily, it may be time to start. You can brush with toothpaste for sensitive teeth if your teeth are sensitive to cold or heat. You should also avoid chewing hard foods or ice as they can crack porcelain crowns. If you have the habit of clenching or grinding your teeth at night, the team may suggest a night guard to protect the surrounding tissues and the crown.
To explore more about dental crowns, call Dr. Taylor’s Family Dental Center office or book an appointment online.