Even if you are vigilant about taking care of your teeth, sometimes damage can occur through no fault of your own. You could sustain a blow to your mouth, or even just accidentally bite down on something hard, and end up with a broken tooth or teeth. Needless to say, the damage does not look good, and it can also make it hard for you to chew. You could also cut your tongue or the insides of your cheeks on jagged edges. If this happens, you may need a dental crown or crowns.
Oral health is as much important as the health of the whole body. A lot of people take good care of their oral health but sometimes they still face different oral health problems such as damaged teeth. With the advancement in technology, restorative dentistry was introduced in the medical world to restore the damaged teeth. Crowns and dental crowns are some of the dental procedures to restore the damaged teeth. Our skilled dentist at Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry can help in restoring your damaged teeth to make you smile with confidence again. Dental crowns help in restoring damaged teeth and improving their shape as well as strength.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are full restorations, created to completely cover what remains of damaged teeth. Usually, they are made from porcelain because it is strong as well as indistinguishable in appearance from natural teeth. A crown restores a damaged tooth to full function and appearance while protecting it from additional damage. Crowns can also serve as a cosmetic purpose, covering chips or discoloration.
How Are Dental Crowns Fitted?
When you visit us at Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Birmingham, AL to have a crown made and installed, the first step for Dr. Maniscalco and our expert dentists is to administer a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the area around it so that you don’t feel any pain. Any decay in your mouth will be removed, and an impression of your tooth is taken. The impression is used by a master ceramist to design your crown.
Usually, your crown comes back from the lab in a week or two. In the meantime, Dr. Maniscalco will fit you with a temporary crown, so that you could perform your daily tasks. When the crown arrives, our expert dentists will fit that permanent crown in your mouth that will also be of the right color so that the difference could not be sighted.
The procedure of fitting dental crowns usually involves two appointments with a dentist. The first appointment takes around 30 minutes as the procedure involves shaping the tooth and taking its impression. A temporary crown is placed so that the tooth remains functional while patients wait for their new crowns. The second appointment is scheduled after a week or two because the dentistry lab needs time to fabricate a tooth according to the impression. The second appointment involves fixing the finished crown and the procedure typically takes 20 minutes.
No one will be able to tell the difference between crowns and your natural teeth. Crowns can restore your smile and give you back your self-confidence, and because crowns are made from porcelain, plaque and bacteria cannot damage them. However, you still should brush and floss to avoid gum disease, which could compromise the underlying structure and cause your crowns to fail. You should also avoid grinding your teeth or biting down hard because it can damage your crowns in the same way as it would your natural teeth. If you take care of crowns with proper aftercare, your crowns will last longer, usually at least fifteen years.
Are Dental Crowns Permanent?
Dental crowns can be permanent or temporary based on the condition of the damaged tooth. A patient can choose whether he wants permanent dental crowns or temporary ones. Our expert dentists guide patients towards the best option based on their oral health as well as the condition of their tooth.
How to Clean Dental Crowns
A patient always invests a good amount of money for dental crowns. It is obvious that dental crowns require good oral health care or they can end up coming loose or affecting other teeth as well. Flossing and brushing your teeth regularly is one way of ensuring that the crowns stay for long. If a patient faces difficulty in flossing or brushing around the dental crowns, then he/she must visit your dentist immediately. Hence, regular check-ups with the dentist, brushing and flossing help in cleaning dental crowns and maintaining good oral health.
At Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we welcome an opportunity to discuss with you about oral health issues and help you decide if they are the right treatment for your dental issues. Our office is located at 3419 Colonnade Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35243. You can arrange a consultation by phoning 205-967-9100. If you prefer to book online, you can do so using the form on our Contact Us page. Let’s get to work giving you the smile you deserve! For any query you might have, read our FAQs and Facts.