what are dental crowns?
If a tooth is damaged or worn down, it may be protected with a crown. Crowns are custom-made, full-coverage restorations that are colored to blend in with your natural teeth for an attractive, seamless finish. At Oakridge Dental in Farmington, UT, a dental crown can treat tooth decay, protect a weak tooth, hold together a cracked tooth, or cover a discolored tooth. Board-certified dentist Dr. Brian Call utilizes the advanced CEREC system to craft customized dental crowns to suit your smile. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Call to find out how a custom dental crown can strengthen or repair a damaged tooth while also boosting the overall appearance and health of your smile.
who needs dental crowns?
Dental crowns may be needed for a variety of reasons. Crowns can be used to protect a decaying tooth to prevent breakage, or they can hold together a cracked tooth susceptible to chipping. Crowns can also address loose or worn-down teeth. They may be used to support a tooth with a large cavity that cannot hold a tooth-colored filling, serve as part of a dental bridge, or mask discolored or misshapen teeth.
Crowns can be glued to your tooth or attached to a dental implant. The material of the crown is often chosen based on the location of the tooth. Metal or porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns are typically stronger so they are better for the back teeth that are less visible. Meanwhile, porcelain or ceramic crowns are better for the front teeth and custom made to match the shape, color, and size of your natural teeth. During your consultation, Dr. Call will explain your options and help you select the best dental crown for your needs.
HOW ARE DENTAL CROWNS PLACED?
During your consultation, Dr. Call will take impressions of your teeth so the crown can be specially made to fit your tooth. As soon as your custom crown is ready, the area to be treated will be given a local numbing anesthetic. Stronger sedation techniques may be available to help you feel more comfortable during the procedure if you have any fears or anxieties. When you are ready, Dr. Call will prepare your tooth by removing debris and decay. After this, he will file away any excess enamel to make room for the dental crown. The crown will be glued onto the tooth or attached to an implant. Once set, Dr. Call can adjust the crown's fit so your bite is correct.
If only local anesthesia is used during your treatment, you will be able to leave once your crown is placed and get back to your day. Dr. Call or a member of his team will go over the best way to care for your dental crown, including any foods that should be avoided and the best way to keep it clean. During your annual exams at Oakridge Dental, we will assess your dental crown and adjust it for comfort. Dr. Call will determine when your crown should be replaced; however, with proper care, it can last for several years. If you have any issues with your crown (if it falls out or is loose), call our office right away. We discourage patients from trying to place their crown themselves as this could lead to infection or a bad fit.
A single damaged or missing tooth can be easily treated with a dental crown at Oakridge Dental. Talk to Dr. Call about how a dental crown can safeguard your tooth from further harm and keep your mouth healthy. With a wide variety of options available, a customized crown can blend with your natural teeth to produce a beautiful, seamless smile. Contact our office in Farmington, UT to schedule a consultation with board-certified family dentist Dr. Call and learn more about your advanced options for effective dental restorations.