What Dental Crowns Can Do For Your Smile
Wondering how a crown could improve the health and appearance of a weak or damaged tooth?
According to the American Academy of Endodontists, about 15 million root canals are performed each year in the US and over 41,000 root canals are performed each day. Root canals are often recommended when the inner structure of the tooth, better known as the pulp, is infected or irritated. Luckily, dental crowns are an ideal way to protect and restore the damaged tooth after root canal treatment. Whether you’re preparing for your upcoming root canal therapy or you are simply dealing with a cracked or damaged tooth that you think might benefit from a dental crown, it’s never a bad time to turn to our Putnam, CT, dentists Drs. Stephen & Jonathan Solomon.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are sometimes referred to as dental caps, as they are designed to fit over the top of the tooth to protect it from further damage while also restoring function. Dental crowns are designed to look just like the crown of a natural tooth and are even custom-made to match the shade of your smile.
When are dental crowns used?
If you have a tooth that has severe decay, damage (e.g. a fracture) or an infection, the tooth may lose its strength and durability. Over time, this can lead to further damage to your natural tooth. To prevent further damage, our Putnam, CT, family dentists will recommend getting a dental crown. While crowns are most often placed after root canal therapy, they can also be used to support and strengthen damaged teeth, secure dental bridges in place, improve the appearance of a tooth and cover dental implants to replace a missing tooth.
What are the benefits of getting a dental crown?
The dental crowns we offer are made from tooth-colored materials such as porcelain and ceramic, which means that they are made to look just like real teeth. Ceramic and porcelain crowns are also considered allergy- and gum tissue-friendly, and are incredibly durable and long-lasting.
What should I expect during my dental treatment?
First, your dentist will examine your teeth and take impressions to create the right crown for your smile. After this initial consultation and planning phase, you will then come in for the actual procedure.
During the first visit, we will prepare the tooth by shaving down any of the decaying or damaged parts. While your permanent crown is being made, we will fit you with a temporary crown.
When your permanent dental crown is complete, we will cement and bond the crown to your natural tooth. Local anesthesia is always administered before placing a dental crown to ensure that the patient feels fully comfortable throughout the entire procedure.
Our dental team is proud to provide trustworthy dental care to the Killingly, Pomfret, Woodstock, and Thompson, CT areas. If you’re preparing for your upcoming dental crown appointment, feel free to give us a call anytime at (860) 928-6533 if you have questions. If we can take some of the stress out of your next visit, let us know!