Dentists use dental crowns to encase a tooth to help protect, cover, and reestablish its shape and strength. Dental crowns may work in situations where fillings can't seem to resolve the dental issues. At Bergman Family Dental, we provide dental crowns fabricated of different materials to help resolve your dental issues and even improve your teeth's appearance.
Over time, teeth become damaged due to decay, trauma, disease, and overuse. Teeth can lose their shape and size. Crowns come in form of tooth-shaped caps that a dentist in Ballwin, MO places over the damaged or weakened teeth.
Who Needs Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns help keep the broken or weakened tooth together. Again, crowns can help in restoring severely worn down or broken teeth. A dentist in Ballwin, MO may also place crowns to cover and support teeth that have large fillings and little of their structure left.
Additionally, crowns help hold dental bridges in place and cover misshapen and severely discolored teeth. People receiving dental implants also get crowns. Those who receive root canals need tooth crowning to cover the treated tooth and prevent the comeback of infection.
Types of Dental Crowns
Permanent crowns are fabricated from different materials including metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-ceramic, and all resin. Our dental office recommends metal crowns because they last longer and require little shaving down of the enamel.
Ceramic or porcelain crowns are tooth-colored, meaning they blend well with the other parts of the tooth. Porcelain crowns offer a natural look and are an ideal choice for those people with metal allergies.
Dental crowns in Ballwin, MO are a versatile solution for people seeking to strengthen and protect and reshape their teeth, receive dental implants and dental bridges, and conceal discolorations.
Dental Crown Placement Procedure
Our dentist examines and prepares the tooth that shall be receiving the crowns. If root canal therapy is needed, it is done to stop decay and reduce the danger of infection. Our dentist files down the tooth, making space for the crown to fit firmly and precisely.
Once we have reshaped the tooth, we record a copy or impression of the tooth and use it to fabricate the crown. We do onsite milling of crowns where we design and craft the crowns at our laboratory. The customized crown we fabricate ensures that they don't affect your bite. As we wait to have the crowns ready for placement, we place provisional crowns to use for about two weeks.
Finally, you come back for the placement of the permanent crowns. Our dentist checks the final crowns to see that the color and fit are proper. We use a numbing agent to numb the tooth when placing and cementing the crown in place so that you have a comfortable experience.
After Crown Placement
Crowns can last for about five to 15 years before they need replaced. Make sure you observe proper oral hygiene and avoid biting on hard objects or surfaces with porcelain crowns to avoid cracking them.
Contact Bergman Family Dental at (636) 391-9666 to book an appointment with our dentist in Ballwin, MO to talk about crown placement.