Crowns are one of the most versatile dental appliances available. If a tooth has been eroded, chipped, or has even developed fractures, in many instances, a crown can solve the problem. It is always preferred to save the natural tooth even when it has noted damage to it. This is because once removed other restorative procedures will have to occur in order to restore the patient’s mouth back to normal function.
Small dental appliances, crowns are put on the eroded tooth’s biting surfaces and can minimize discomfort and pain associated with a greatly eroded tooth. It can increase functionality and improve the appearance of the damaged tooth. When a patient has significant damage, it makes patients chew differently which can put undue pressure upon the TMJ as well as the jawbone. When the crown is placed, this can alleviate that as well. Here at Excel Dental we can discuss with any patient the options available with crown placement. Come see us today to find out more.
Crowns and Their Benefits
Whether dealing with extensive tooth decay or trauma, losing a tooth can be incredibly difficult to deal with. Crowns are able to help a tooth weakened by decay or disease and can help lengthen the lifespan of the tooth. They can also help the healing process and are typically put into place after a root canal has been performed. Crowns can also cover discolored chewing surfaces of teeth and brighten the color of them.
Dental professionals will almost always choose porcelain. It is incredibly strong and feels more natural to the patient when chewing and biting. They can be used to cover the outer surface of the tooth from the biting surface down to the gums.
Crown Placement Procedure
Crown placement takes two appointments and while this is a minor inconvenience, it is necessary in order to correctly place them. The diseased tissue needs to be removed at the first appointment and in some cases, this can be quite extensive. For some patients, there may be damaged or diseased tissue around nearby teeth as well.
It can take around a month to properly manufacture and customize the crown to fit the patients’ mouth, and that will happen at the second appointment. It may seem like a long time, but once the crown is placed, patients will forget about the inconvenience because the crown will look incredible and alleviate all of their symptoms.
In some cases, patients who have some anxiety regarding dental surgeries may need some sedation. That can be easily administered and provide additional comfort to the patient during the procedure. One of the worst things to happen would be for the patient to react adversely during the procedure like jerking which can make the dental professional accidentally damage uninfected disease.
Obviously, even after the crown is placed, patients will need to continue to practice good oral hygiene. They should pay attention to their diets and watch the intake of fruits and sodas which are overly acidic and can damage the crown.
Any patient in need of a crown or has questions regarding crowns please reach out to us at Excel Dental. Give us a call today at (360) 369-3930.