Dental crowns can solve a LOT of problems.
That’s good news for millions of people across the United States. We have seen what dental crowns have done for countless patients at our Tulsa, OK, dentist office.
Our team at Masterpiece Smiles would be happy to help you get a crown if you need it. Dental crowns have been an essential part of dentistry for centuries (seriously, hundreds of years). The good news for you is that our modern crowns look more like natural teeth than ever before.
When You May Need A Dental Crown
As we noted above, dental crowns are an important part of restorative dentistry. As such they are used to fix teeth that are damaged for a variety of reasons.
Dental crowns are used to fix broken, chipped, cracked, and worn-down teeth.
Crowns are used to fix decayed teeth and teeth that have become infected.
And crowns can be used as part of the solution for replacing a missing tooth.
The process for getting a dental crown will vary depending on why you need it. Here’s a short overview of what happens:
➤ For broken, chipped, cracked, decayed, and worn-down teeth
We will need to reshape the tooth into an abutment. This uses the healthy parts of your tooth to provide support for your dental crown.
This will involve removing the parts of your tooth that have been damaged or weakened for whatever reason. You may receive a temporary crown to wear while your dental crown is being crafted.
Today, we have all-ceramic crowns that look identical to your natural teeth. When your crown is complete, we will bond it to your teeth. Most people won’t be able to tell the difference between it and your natural teeth.
It’s also important to note that your permanent crown will function just like a real tooth as well. That means you can bite and chew your food just like you could before.
➤ For infected teeth
If tooth decay or gum disease it not treated early, you may develop an infected tooth. This occurs when bacteria eats into the innermost parts of a tooth.
Infections also can occur if a broken tooth exposed the inner layers of a tooth. This too can allow bacteria to reach the center of the tooth more quickly.
The treatment for a tooth infection is a root canal. (Don’t worry, we can perform this procedure painlessly at Masterpiece Smiles with our sedation options.)
After the infection is removed and your tooth has been sanitized and filled, the final step will be to seal the tooth. Often a dental crown is the best option for this.
In this case, the crown serves three purposes. It restores your smile. It restores your ability to eat. And it helps to protect the tooth against another infection.
➤ For missing teeth
When your tooth is missing, there are two ways we can use dental crowns to replace it.
Option one is bonding multiple dental crowns together to form a dental bridge. To bond the bridge in place, we would reform the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile into abutments. Then, the dental bridge will be bonded to those teeth.
Option two is to get a dental implant. An implant replaces the root of your missing tooth. It has an abutment end, which is where we will attach your dental crown.
The implant-supported crown does not require use to do anything to your healthy teeth. And by replacing the root, you have complete tooth replacement.
Call 918-925-9687 if you think our dentist office in Tulsa, OK, could help you with any of the problems mentioned above.
Dental Crowns For Cosmetic Purposes
It’s true that dental crowns are primarily used for restorative purposes, but they can have cosmetic benefits as well.
Dental crowns can be used to fix individual teeth that may look discolored when compared to the rest of your smile.
Dental crowns also can be used to change the size and shape of teeth. If you have a tooth that is misshapen or looks small in comparison to its neighbors, a dental crown can give some uniformity to your smile.
How To Schedule A Consultation
If are interested in getting a dental crown, we first recommend scheduling a consultation with our dentist at Masterpiece Smiles.
To make your appointment, just call 918-925-9687 or fill out our online form.