March 12, 2017
You feel so embarrassed by a misshapen tooth right in the front of your mouth. Over the years, it has become deeply stained as well. While the tooth basically is healthy, it lacks the strength and size to support a thin porcelain veneer. Should you get a dental crown from Wilton dentist, Dr. Tom Pastor? This experienced cosmetic dentist in Wilton evaluates patients for dental crowns all the time. He’ll tell you about these tried and true restorations and how one could fix your cosmetic issue.
What is a Dental Crown?
Also called a dental cap, a crown covers and protects a tooth weakened by:
- Substantial decay
- Oral injury (such as a blow to the mouth that cracks a tooth)
- Multiple fillings and hairline fractures
- Congenital malformation (the tooth is just small and oddly shaped, for instance)
Unfortunately, when a tooth is extensively damaged, it often looks very unattractive, detracting from an otherwise nice smile. So, Dr. Tom Pastor may recommend placement of a dental crown to preserve and protect the healthy tooth structure and restore smile aesthetics.
Receiving a Dental Crown
Dr. Pastor uses three kinds of materials to craft dental crowns:
- Gold, or other precious metal (the strongest kind of crown)
- Porcelain fused to metal (PFM)
- All-porcelain (an outstanding cosmetic option that is durable as well)
The dentist determines which material is best for your tooth after he examines your teeth and gums, takes some digital X-rays, removes the old filling material and/or decay and creates an oral impression. Material choice often depends on the location of the tooth to be restored, your budget and your personal preference.
Then, Dr. Pastor places a temporary crown to protect the tooth while the permanent restoration is crafted at an outside dental lab. At the next visit to Tyngtown Dental, Dr. Pastor removes the temporary restoration and bonds the beautiful new crown in place. He adjusts its fit and bite with the opposing arch of teeth.
Other Uses for Dental Crowns
Dental crowns also support fixed bridgework (one, two or more artificial teeth in a row) and restore today’s best tooth replacement option, the dental implant. Dr. Pastor may choose to cover a deeply stained tooth with a crown or protect a tooth which has been saved through root canal therapy. Whatever the use, crowns last for at least ten years or even more with good brushing and flossing at home and six-month exams and cleanings at Tyngtown Dental.
Your Restorative Dentistry Consultation
If you are concerned about the condition or appearance of a particular tooth, please don’t delay.
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