At Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we provide our patients with as many dental treatments as possible under one roof so that our patients don’t need to see another dentist to have their treatments done. This helps save them time from finding another dentist and time from traveling to another location. We can complete all of your treatments during the same appointment to save you some time. One of our top procedures is dental crowns. Dental crowns are caps for your tooth that help restore them if they are damaged. Dental crowns can also be used with dental implants to replace missing teeth. Essentially, dental crowns can be used to restore or replace your teeth. They are made of durable porcelain and can last you for the rest of your life. Not to mention, they look completely natural! Find out if our porcelain dental crowns at our Birmingham dental office can help your smile.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns got their name because they are placed on the top of your tooth like a crown. They are also known as dental caps. Dental crowns are permanently attached to your teeth and cover the outside to protect the underlying tooth from bacteria and harmful particles. Dental crowns are typically used to cover up damaged, cracked, worn down, cracked or worn down teeth. They can completely restore both the function of the tooth as well as the appearance. The dental crowns used at our Birmingham dental office are made of porcelain, which is more durable than natural teeth.
The only way you can damage your dental crown is from physical harm or from grinding or clenching on your teeth. We recommend opting for a mouth guard if you play physical sports and to wear a night guard if you are prone to clenching or grinding your teeth at night. This will help prevent harm from occurring to your dental crown. In addition, dental crowns can be attached to dental implants to replace your missing teeth. With proper care, your dental crown should last you the rest of your life!
Who Should Get Dental Crowns?
It’s rare that a patient is not a good candidate for dental crowns. If you have damaged, chipped, cracked, and severely stained, worn down or missing teeth, odds are you could benefit from dental crowns. Of course, we do not recommend dental crowns to cover up teeth that are severely infected or placing them in the mouth with gum disease present. Your mouth should be overall healthy before dental crowns can be placed. This helps prevent the crown from failing and falling off.
Cracked, Broken or Fractured Teeth
If your teeth have any damage on them, you’re most likely dealing with an unsightly appearance and potentially exposing your teeth to bacteria and food particles. It’s important to opt for a restorative treatment to restore your tooth back to health so that further damage doesn’t occur. Dental bonding might help these problems, but it’s not a long-term solution. Dental bonding only lasts for about a year before it needs to be replaced. If you want a life-long solution for your damaged teeth, it’s better to just pay the extra money for a dental crown. This will help your tooth stay healthy and look great for the rest of your life.
When you have a large filling in your teeth or multiple fillings in one tooth, you might have more composite material in your tooth than a natural tooth. Or perhaps you need to have old amalgam fillings removed and replaced. Large fillings can leave your teeth more vulnerable because your teeth are weaker. Large fillings are not an ideal solution for the long-term. If we place a dental crown over your tooth with the large fillings, this will give your tooth the extra protection it needs to last you for the rest of your life. This will help you fight cavities, infections, and decay from occurring. You also don’t have to worry about your fillings falling out randomly, causing you a significant amount of pain.
Although we do not perform root canals at our Birmingham dental office, we can provide restorations following one. In some cases, dentists will place a large filling over the root canal. It’s best practice to also place a dental crown over the tooth, especially if the root canal was a large one. When we cap your tooth following a root canal, this will help protect your tooth as well as restore the function and appearance back to it.
Dental implants are an ideal replacement for missing teeth. What’s even better is attaching a dental crown to the implant if you are missing a single tooth. This will give you the most natural feeling replacement for your missing tooth. Our dental crowns look completely natural and will also feel just like your old tooth did.
If you are prone to dental decay, dental crowns can help protect your teeth. Dental crowns are made of porcelain and do not build up any decay, therefore protecting your underlying tooth from harm’s way.
Dental crowns are great for both restorative and cosmetic reasons. Not only can they cover up cracks, chips and more, they can give you a brand new shape, color, and size. This can help hide stains, make your teeth the correct size and shape you need for a beautiful smile.
Dental Crowns Procedure
The procedure for dental crowns is quite simple. First, Dr. Maniscalco will perform any necessary procedure needed before the crowns. Next, he will take impressions of your teeth to send off to the lab. The lab will create a crown that fits your tooth exactly. This includes shape, size, and color. Once it returns from the lab, Dr. Maniscalco will permanently bond the crown to your tooth or your dental implant. Just like that, your tooth is restored! Simply care for your crowns by brushing and flossing as you would with normal teeth. This will help them last you for the rest of your life.