Should you extract a cracked tooth, or try to save it? By all means, save it, and avoid the many downsides of tooth loss. At Stiles Family Dentistry in Salem, NH, your dentists, Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Paul Masterson, and Dr. Jhon Giraldo offer realistic porcelain crowns to shore up failing teeth, extending their lives and service. Learn more here about these predictable dental restorations.
What happens if you lose a tooth?
A lot of things happen, and none of them are good. Smile gaps cause:
- Problems with personal appearance and self-confidence
- Bone loss and gum recession at the extraction site
- Tooth drift (adjoining teeth move toward the gap)
- Impaired biting, chewing, and speaking
- Need for expensive tooth replacement procedures
So, whenever possible, the team at Stiles Family Dentistry works to save teeth damaged by:
- Deep decay
- Gum disease
- Congenital malformation
The dental crown
It's been around in various forms for generations. Today's material of choice for this tooth-shaped cap is porcelain. Realistic in color and sheen, dental-grade ceramic closely mimics natural tooth enamel.
Crowns cover damaged teeth from the gums on up. By visual inspection and digital X-ray imaging, your Salem, NH, dentist determines when these customized restorations are the proper treatments.
If you receive a dental crown, expect the procedure to be comfortable as your dentist numbs your tooth, removes the damaged portions and shapes the remaining structure. Digital impressions quickly provide the three-dimensional information the dental lab requires to craft the crown from a color-matched block of fine porcelain.
At a subsequent dental appointment, your dentist will remove your temporary cap and bond the new one in place. Modern dental adhesives are exceptionally reliable as are today's milling processes which ensure great fit and bite.
Other uses for crowns
Crowns spare teeth that are simply worn down from years of use. They improve the appearance and color of chipped, stained and oddly-shaped teeth, and they frequently finish more complex restorative treatments such as root canal therapy or dental implants. Crowns stabilize fixed bridgework, too.
Caring for dental crowns
It's as easy as brush and floss--really no different than your other teeth. Avoid eating excessively hard foods as these may crack your crown or wear it down prematurely. If you clench your teeth, ask your dentist about a bruxism guard. Of course, come in for a six-month cleaning and check-up.
How can we help?
If you worry about the longevity, appearance, and health of a particular tooth, contact Stiles Family Dentistry for a consultation with one of our dentists. Dental crowns save teeth! Call today for an appointment in Salem, NH, at (603) 893-4538.