Your teeth are the hardest structures in your body (even more so than bone!), and are subjected to a significant amount of daily use. While they are strong, however, they are not immune to harm. When your teeth suffer damage (such as injury or decay), not only is their appearance affected, so too is your oral health. At Janice K. Pliszak DDS, we can restore damaged teeth with dental crowns.
What are Dental Crowns?
When damage to your teeth is more severe, it can affect more than your smile. It can also affect the health of your mouth. Dental crowns are “caps” that are designed to cover the entire visible surface area of a damaged, or otherwise compromised, tooth. It performs several functions – providing strength to the tooth, preventing further damage, and protect it from infection. A dental crown can also, in many cases, prevent the need for a tooth extraction.
Types of Dental Crowns
There are several different types of dental crowns:
How are Dental Crowns Placed?
Dental crowns typically require two visits to complete. During your first visit, we prepare the affected tooth (or teeth). What this means is that we remove a portion of the enamel from the tooth, effectively reducing it in size. We then take an impression of your mouth. The impression is sent to a lab, where it is used to design and create your permanent customized crown.
It often takes about two weeks for your crown to be finished. A temporary crown is placed to protect the damaged tooth during this time, helping to protect the tooth from infection. When your dental crown is ready, we check it for fit and then cement it in place.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns provide numerous benefits:
Dental crowns can restore the appearance of your smile and protect your oral health. For more information, or to schedule your appointment, call Janice K. Pliszak DDS today at (315) 800-5020.