Dental crowns are a very popular and highly successful option at Matthew Wallengren, DDS, for restoring teeth that are severely damaged, weakened, or have minor cosmetic flaws. Unlike a veneer that covers just the front surface of a tooth, a dental crown completely encapsulates the tooth, allowing complete restoration of appearance and function while protecting the underlying tooth from further damage. Dr. Matthew Wallengren places porcelain dental crowns for patients in the Baltimore, Maryland, area and would like to tell you more about this great restorative option.
If your local Baltimore, Maryland, dentist recommends getting a dental crown, you may have a tooth that is severely damaged, worn, weakened, misshapen, or discolored. A dental crown can also hold a tooth replacement option like a dental bridge in place. They are also often placed on a dental implant. If your tooth is damaged or weakened, a dental crown is an excellent option because it completely encapsulates the tooth down to the gumline, preventing any future bacteria from causing further damage to the tooth.
When a tooth is damaged with a chip or crack, it can become uncomfortable or even painful to eat, drink, or talk. When you have a damaged tooth, it will first undergo a procedure to correct the issue. For instance, if you have a tooth that has suffered from extensive decay, that decay will be removed, and the tooth will be prepared before a dental crown is put in place. Getting a dental crown will not only protect the tooth from further damage but can also help reduce tooth sensitivity by sealing off the sensitive tissues within the tooth while protecting the tooth’s natural remaining structure.
Some patients about to get a dental crown worry that it can be a complicated process. The reality is that getting a dental crown is pretty straightforward. The process begins by having your tooth cleaned and the enamel prepared. Any damaged part of the tooth will be removed and then shaped so the crown can be attached and locked in properly. A molding of your tooth will be cast and used to create your crown. Your dental crown will be ready, applied, and cemented in place within two weeks.
A dental crown is crafted to last years before needing to be replaced. Your dental crown can last 15 to 30 years when properly cared for. Caring for a dental crown is easy. Simply treat it as you would any of your natural teeth. Follow a good oral hygiene regimen of brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Finding a dentist who has proven successful in dental crown placement is vital to ensure the process is performed correctly. Dentists experienced in dental crown placement will use the proper technique and the best bonding material to ensure that your crown lasts for as long as it should.