Dental Crowns Defined
A dental crown is a replacement for missing tooth material crafted out of ceramics that mimics the appearance of natural teeth. Crowns are usually used to restore a natural, attractive smile in cases where a composite filling is not sufficient to repair a damaged tooth. Cracked teeth, discolored teeth, or broken teeth can all be repaired by installing a crown. Because crowns fully cover your tooth's external surface, you can be sure of a natural and attractive appearance.
Matching the color and shape of your teeth is a core concern when Dr. Greer designs a custom crown for you. A cutting-edge Cerac machine is used to take a comprehensive scan of your mouth and produce impressions. This enables Dr. Greer to design, fabricate, and install a crown within a single day.
Crowns, like your natural teeth, need to be protected through normal dental hygiene practices. You'll need to brush your teeth (and crown) regularly and remember to floss. Using mouthwash once or twice a day is also recommended. Follow any and all instructions provided by your dentist to ensure that your crown gives you the longest possible amount of trouble-free service.
After your mouth has been scanned, the production of your customized crown will take about one hour (per tooth being made.) When the crown is ready, you'll return to the office to have it cemented permanently in place.
There are some special considerations you need to keep in mind in order to avoid any damage to your new crown. Mouthguards are recommended to prevent tooth grinding. Avoid chewing hard foods like ice while your crown is freshly installed. Brushing and flossing twice a day is necessary to remove stray food particles and stop plaque from building up. Remember to follow any and all instructions for crown care provided by your dentist. Don't hesitate to ask questions before or after having a crown installed; it's much better to have authoritative information than to guess about how your crown should be cared for. If you'd like to know more about dental crowns or have questions about caring for an already-installed crown, please feel free to get in touch with Sweet Water Dentistry in Fairhope, AL.