Your guide to versatile, durable, and dazzling dental crowns in Alpharetta, GA
Are you holding on to super-sensitive or aching teeth? Does a very dark or irregularly shaped tooth hold back your confident smile? If either of these situations sounds familiar, you may be a candidate for durable dental crowns that are indistinguishable in appearance and function from healthy natural teeth. Chew on the following guide to crowns, courtesy of Bella Hanono Family Dentistry.
Crowns are a type of dental material shaped to cover up damaged teeth that are “prepared.” The materials used to build your crown include dental ceramics, such as porcelain, metal alloys, or a mix of the two (porcelain fused to metal). The natural tooth structure must be prepared to “accept” the crown. Damaged or decayed areas of the tooth are removed, and the remaining natural structure is shaped. Crowns get their name because they fit on top of the natural tooth, similar to how a crown fits over a person’s head. They are known as “tooth caps” for this reason, too. Once bonded over the tooth, the crown restores the tooth’s natural and healthy appearance and the natural and healthy feel and function of the tooth in the patient’s mouth.
Crowns may be an appropriate treatment for you if Dr. Hanono detects decay that she cannot treat suitably with large fillings, inlays, or partial crowns (onlays). Crowns often follow root canal therapy. The crown protects a root canal-treated tooth from reinfection. These multi-tasking restorations are also a critical part of conventional bridges. Crowned teeth support replacement teeth, which are known as “pontics.” They are also the lovely, finishing touch on a restored tooth and upheld with a dental implant rooted in the jaw. They also make over a poorly shaped or very stained tooth that she cannot adequately treat with professional whitening, veneers, or bonding.
Of course, no two treatment plans are alike. Patients who need crowns, though, can mostly expect some of the same steps. First, your mouth is evaluated. Diagnostics such as x-rays are used to detect and pinpoint decay. Second, we will discuss options for treatment and utmost comfort during your procedure. Numbing the treatment site comes third so, you won’t feel anything! We can also discuss sedative options with you as needed. The tooth is prepared and shaped, and impressions are taken. These impressions guide the fabrication of your permanent crown. A temporary is placed. Fourth, once your permanent crown is made, we will remove the provisional one and check the new cap’s fit and feel before securely fixing it in place.
Start the process today. Schedule your appointment at the office of Bella Hanono Family Dentistry. Call (770) 343-4052.