If you’re dealing with a cracked tooth, a heavily discolored tooth, or another kind of tooth damage, dental crowns might be the best way to protect your tooth and avoid extraction. At the practice of Albert Mina, DMD, LLC, you can get custom porcelain/ceramic crowns that merge naturally and beautifully with your other teeth. Click the online appointment maker or call the office in St. Louis to schedule your visit today.
Dental crowns are sometimes referred to as caps because they cap your whole tooth, enclosing it in a custom covering. Crowns are usually made from porcelain or ceramic, which are good choices because they’re tooth colored and blend in well with your other teeth. Crowns are mainly used for protection and strengthening, but they can also be used for cosmetic reasons.
Dr. Mina may suggest a crown in several different situations, including:
A crown is often the best way to keep your natural tooth while giving it the extra stability you need.
There are usually a couple parts of the dental-crown process. First, Dr. Mina performs any necessary procedures on your tooth. This may include filling a cavity, doing a root canal, or some other type of restoration work.
After that, Dr. Mina prepares your tooth for a dental crown by taking off a tiny amount of enamel. This gives your tooth the slightly rougher surface it needs to keep the dental crown in place. Dr. Mina then creates an impression of your tooth and sends this to a dental lab that makes the dental crown to your tooth measurements.
You may wear a temporary crown for a couple of weeks while the lab makes your permanent crown. You’ll have a separate appointment for Dr. Mina to place your new permanent crown using a thin but strong dental cement. After that, your tooth is strong and sturdy so you can use it just like you did before it got damaged.
There’s actually no special care needed for your new dental crown. Brush and floss diligently each day, and don’t forget your regular checkups with Dr. Mina. Use a soft bristle toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste (a good idea even if you don’t have crowns!) to ensure that you don’t scratch the porcelain or ceramic.
To restore your teeth using dental crowns, book an appointment at the office of Albert Mina, DMD, LLC, online or by phone today.