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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.
Dental crowns can both improve the appearance and the functionality of your smile. With such a variety of uses, understanding dental crowns may seem confusing. Luckily, your dentist can help you understand these versatile dental restorations. Learn more about dental crowns and how they benefit you with your dentist at Stiles Family Dentistry in Salem, NH.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped dental restoration which fits on top of a tooth, covering it on all sides. A dental laboratory creates the dental crown, customizing it specifically for your mouth based on an impression taken by your dentist. Your dentist and the laboratory work together to color-match the crown to your natural teeth, ensuring it blends into your smile. Made from porcelain, dental crowns have similar light-reflecting qualities as natural teeth and are strong and durable.
What can dental crowns do for me?
Dental crowns have many uses, including for both aesthetic and functional improvements. Dentists usually use dental crowns in the following situations:
- to strengthen a weakened or broken tooth
- to stabilize a tooth with a large filling
- to improve the appearance of a yellowed, discolored or misshapen tooth
- to complete a dental implant and replace a missing tooth
- to restore the biting surface and functionality of a worn down tooth
Dental Crowns in Salem, NH
Dental crowns usually require two appointments. At your first appointment, your dentist prepares the tooth to receive the crown. This process involves removing parts of the tooth’s enamel from the sides and top of the tooth and shaping it into the correct form to fit inside of the dental crown. With the tooth prepared, your dentist takes an impression of your mouth which is then sent to the dental laboratory responsible for creating the crown. A temporary crown protects your tooth during the duration of time the laboratory requires to create the crown, usually about two weeks. At your second appointment, which occurs after the finished crown returns to your dentist’s office, the final restoration permanently replaces the temporary crown.
For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Jhon Giraldo and Dr. Paul Masterson at Stiles Family Dentistry in Salem, NH. Call (603) 893-4538 to schedule your consultation for dental crowns today!