Your teeth have numerous responsibilities and are put through a significant amount of daily use. Taking care of them is essential for keeping them healthy and strong. However, even with the best oral care, accidents can still happen. While the teeth are the hardest substance in the body, and exceptionally strong, they can still be damaged. Teeth can be chipped, cracked, or face decay. No matter how your teeth are damaged, your oral health is put at risk. At Shenandoah Family Dentistry, we can help restore damaged teeth with dental crowns.
What Is a Dental Crown?
Damage to your teeth can happen in a variety of ways. You can chip a tooth on food. A tooth may get cracked as a result of a fall. Decay can eat away at the structure of your tooth. No matter how damage occurs, it needs to be treated to prevent serious issues such as infections in the affected teeth.
A dental crown is a restoration for damaged teeth. It resembles the crown of your tooth and is designed to completely cover the entire visible surface. It essentially acts as a cap for your damaged tooth, protecting it and providing strength.
What Are Crowns Made From?
There are several different types of crowns, made from different materials.
Why Get Dental Crowns?
There are several benefits to dental crowns, including:
How Are Crowns Placed?
Crowns typically take two visits to complete. At your first appointment, we prepare the damaged tooth and take an impression. Preparing the tooth is done under a local anesthetic. We remove some of the enamel from the tooth, reducing it in size. This is done to ensure a natural, comfortable fit. We then take an impression of your mouth. This impression is sent to a dental lab, where your crown is designed and created. It can take up to two weeks for your crown to be completed and sent back, so a temporary crown is placed while you wait, providing your tooth with protection. Once the final restoration is ready, you return for your second appointment. During this appointment, the crown is checked for proper fit and color match and cemented into place.
Damaged teeth need to be treated to prevent serious oral, and overall, health complications. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Shenandoah Family Dentistry today at (540) 773-0011.
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