Your teeth are the strongest substance in your body. They can withstand a significant amount of daily use. Even so, the teeth are not indestructible, and issues like decay and trauma can damage them. Damaged teeth need to be examined right away. While minor issues might only require a cosmetic fix, more significant damage can lead to serious issues. Harmony Dental can restore damaged teeth with crowns.
What is a Crown?
When a tooth is damaged, it is important to seek treatment immediately. Minor damage may only require a cosmetic treatment, but some types of damage can worsen over time. More significant damage compromises both the structural integrity of the affected tooth as well as its health. A crown is a cap-like restoration that resembles a tooth in size and shape. It is made to encase the entire visible surface of a damaged tooth, effectively preventing it from further harm and infection while also restoring its strength.
Uses for a Crown
A crown can be used in many different situations. It can treat and protect
A crown can also be used to anchor a bridge into place or replace the visible surface of a missing tooth using dental implants.
Crowns can be made from several different materials. Common materials include
Restoring Damaged Teeth
The process for getting a crown takes two appointments. At the first appointment, the tooth is first prepared. This is done under a local anesthetic and involves removing a portion of your tooth enamel. Removing enamel is essential for ensuring that your crown will fit comfortably and naturally in with the rest of your teeth. After preparing the tooth, an impression of your mouth is taken. The impression is sent to our dental lab, where a technician uses it to design and create a custom crown. A temporary crown is placed to protect your tooth while you wait for your next appointment. At your second appointment, we check the crown to ensure a proper fit and a comfortable bite before bonding it into place on your tooth.
Benefits of a Crown
Crowns provide several benefits, including
With a crown, we are able to restore damaged teeth, protecting them from further damage and infection while allowing them to function normally.
Call Harmony Dental at (541) 246-3250 for more information.