Dental crowns are extradorinarily useful. They can be used to anchor a bridge to replace lost teeth in your smile. Crowns can also be used to cover chipped, cracked or discolored teeth or a tooth that has be damaged by decay. Additionally, a crown is useful for holding a tooth together that has a cavity but there is not enough natural tooth material to repair it. Crowns are also used to protect a tooth that has had a root canal.
To place a crown, your dentist must first prepare the tooth. That might include a root canal, or building up a foundation on your tooth to support the crown. It may mean that the dentist must remove enough tooth enamel to accomodate the crown. An impression will be made from the tooth, and you will be given a temporary crown to wear while your permanent crown is created. When it is ready, your dentist will place it on your tooth with dental cement.
If you feel pain or sensitivity when you bite down, your crown may be set too high. If you experience any discomfort of any kind with your crown, you should contact your dentist right away. If a crown has been set too high, the dental cement can eventually wash away, which may cause you to lose your crown.
Despite the fact that the majority of your tooth will covered by the crown, it still vulnerable to decay at the gumline; and your crown needs to be supported by healthy gums. That means you need to continue to brush two times a day and floss once a day. Your crown can be damaged by hard or tough foods and by chewing on objects. Your dentist will check to make certain your crown is in good shape during your regular visits.
If you have a tooth in need of repair, you should take some time to meet with our dentist, Dr. Mark DeWitt to discuss a dental crown. If you live in the Lansing, Michigan area, you can make a appointment at Mark L. DeWitt DDS by calling 517-323-7926.