You are struck in the face with a softball, and a large piece of your front tooth breaks off. You save it and take it to your dentist in Waunakee, Dr. Stanley Karls. Unfortunately, the fracture is too big to repair with composite resin bonding. A dental crown is your best treatment option, says Dr. Karls. So here are some details on dental crowns, what they are made of and how your professional team at Karls Family Dentistry places them. Dr. Matthew Karls and Dr. Stanley Karls can restore fully your tooth's appearance and functionality!
What exactly is a dental crown?
A dental crown is one of dentistry's most frequent restorations, next to fillings and root canals, according to the American Dental Association. Made from ceramic, porcelain fused to metal or all-porcelain, a crown (or cap as it is sometimes called) completely covers and protects a tooth damaged by:
- Tooth decay
- Dental abscess (infection)
- Congenital malformation
Crowns also restore dental implants and support fixed bridgework made of one or more adjoining artificial teeth.
What's the crown procedure like?
Let's take a heavily decayed tooth as an example. This restoration takes two appointments at Karls Family Dentistry. First, Dr. Karls visually inspects the condition of the tooth. He also X-rays it to determine if it is healthy enough to receive a crown.
With that decided, your Waunakee preparest the tooth and shapes the remaining healthy structure. He then takes oral impressions to send to an outside dental lab. In the meantime, the patient wears a temporary crown.
At the lab, the technician uses Dr. Karls' material of choice. With porcelain crowns, the technician ensures that the crown color will blend with the patient's surrounding teeth.
At the next appointment, the dentist removes the temporary cap and cements the permanent one in place. Also, Dr. Karls checks that the size, color and bite are absolutely correct, and the restoration is finished.
The American College of Prosthodontists, specialists in preserving and protecting compromised tooth structure, say that dentists in the United States place literally millions of dental crowns each year. These expert dentists stress that keeping your natural teeth is important to your personal appearance, speech, ability to eat and overall oral function. Dental crowns, along with tooth-colored fillings, onlays, and inlays (partial crowns) play a crucial role in keeping smiles healthy and long-lasting.
Caring for a crown
Once placed, a dental crown should last about ten years, regardless of what it's made of. Dr. Stanley Karls and Dr. Matthew Karls stress diligent brushing and flossing at home to avoid plaque build-up around the margins of the crown. They also ask their patients to come to Karls Family Dentistry twice a year for complete oral exams and hygienic cleanings. These easy strategies will preserve your crowns--and your entire smile for that matter.
Worried about a tooth?
Just contact Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI for a consultation with your friendly dentist. Call (608) 849-4100.