Dental Crown Middleborough MA
If you have a tooth that is damaged or decayed and you are embarrassed by its appearance, you can easily fix it with a dental crown. A dental crown, also known as a cap, is a covering that fits over an unattractive tooth. In conjunction with dental bridgework, a crown can even replace an entire tooth.
A dental crown completely covers a tooth above the gum line. Also, when a tooth is missing a significant amount of structure, a crown is a good choice.
In addition, crowns are beneficial in many ways. They can strengthen damaged teeth, allowing for normal function. They can even improve a tooth’s original appearance. When created from porcelain, crowns look like natural teeth. However, gold crowns are the strongest.
If you are considering a crown, the dentists at Middleboro Family Dental can help you understand your options. Call (508) 947-4411 today to schedule a consultation.
Dental Crown Process
Crowning or capping a tooth will usually take two to three visits. At the first visit, the tooth is prepared for the crown. It is shaped to fit inside the cap. To give the tooth a uniform shape, some drilling may be involved. Likewise, the tooth and the surrounding area will be numbed.
Next, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth, which are then sent to the dental laboratory. The impressions will be used to create the dental crown. In the meantime, you may be given a temporary crown to protect your tooth until the permanent crown is ready. At the second visit, your permanent crown will be attached to the tooth with a resin or permanent cement.
Creating a Bridge
In addition, crowns can also be used to create a bridge, which spans the space of the missing tooth. At least three crowns are required. Two of those crowns will be placed over the teeth on each side of the missing tooth. These are called abutment teeth. In short, these two teeth will support the third crown placed in between them, which is called a pontic.
Likwise, you may need more abutment teeth, depending on the number of missing teeth and other factors. For example, if you have three missing teeth, you may need four abutment teeth for a seven-tooth bridge.
Caring for Your Crowns & Bridgework
Crowns and bridgework do not require any special care. Care for them as you would your natural teeth. Brush and floss all your teeth daily. See your dentist every six months for cleanings and exams.
Overall, sometimes teeth are damaged through injury, disease or poor dental hygiene. A dental crown is a great way to restore one or more teeth. Call our office today at (508) 947-4411 and schedule a consultation.