Fixing a Broken Tooth With a Dental Crown

A broken tooth can be both uncomfortable and unsightly, making it difficult to smile confidently or enjoy your favorite foods. Fortunately, dental crowns offer a solution that's both effective and aesthetically pleasing. Whether you're dealing with a chipped tooth or a more serious injury, this versatile treatment option can help restore your smile to its former glory. 

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that's placed over a damaged or decayed tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength. Crowns are typically used to protect weak teeth from further damage, as well as to improve the appearance of stained or misshapen teeth.

These versatile restorations can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal alloys, and composite resin. Your dentist will work with you to determine the best type of crown for your individual needs based on factors such as location in the mouth and degree of damage or decay present in the affected tooth.

When Is a Dental Crown Necessary? 

A dental crown may be recommended by your dentist to address various dental issues. One common reason for needing a dental crown is if you have a broken or cracked tooth. In this case, the crown will help protect the weakened tooth and prevent further damage.

Another instance where a dental crown might be necessary is after receiving root canal therapy. The procedure can weaken the remaining tooth structure, making it more prone to fractures and cracks. Placing a crown over the treated tooth helps restore its strength and durability.

Dental crowns are also used to cover misshapen or discolored teeth that cannot be corrected with other cosmetic treatments such as bonding or veneers. Crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth in shape, size, and color so they blend seamlessly into your smile.

How Is a Dental Crown Placed?

The process of getting a dental crown usually involves two dental appointments. During the first appointment, your dentist will prepare your tooth by removing any decay and shaping it to accommodate the new crown. This may involve numbing the area with local anesthesia.

Once your tooth is prepared, an impression will be taken of your tooth and surrounding teeth. This impression will be used to create a custom-made crown that fits perfectly over your natural tooth.

While you wait for your permanent crown to be made (usually 1-2 weeks), a temporary crown will be placed over your prepared tooth to protect it from damage or further decay.

At your second appointment, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent one is cemented into place using strong adhesive materials. Your dentist will check to ensure that the fit and bite are comfortable before completing the procedure.

Getting a dental crown placed can restore function and appearance to a damaged or broken tooth in just two simple appointments with minimal discomfort.

At the end of the day, having good oral health is essential for overall well-being. A healthy smile not only boosts confidence but also helps prevent more serious health problems down the line. With proper care and attention from both yourself and your dentist, a dental crown can be an excellent investment in your long-term oral health.

To learn more or to schedule your appointment for the best dental care tailored to your unique needs, visit Smile Fresh Dental Grand Blanc at 500 Perry Rd Suite 205, Grand Blanc 48439, or call 810-777-7295.

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