Porcelain Crowns At White & White Near Richmond
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Dental crowns are synthetic teeth caps, usually made of porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth. A tooth crown is often used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, porcelain crowns are also used to restore the tooth. Dental crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover dental implants, prevent a cracked tooth from further damage, or when an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. In addition, a teeth caps offer cosmetic benefits. We sometimes use porcelain crowns to restore the natural appearance and beauty of a discolored or permanently stained tooth. A beautiful cap for teeth can add beauty to your smile.
Getting a Tooth Crown at White & White
Preparing a tooth for a cap usually requires two visits at our Midlothian, VA practice near Bon Air and Richmond. In your first visit we examine and prepare the tooth to receive your new crown. We will take a few X-rays to inspect the roots of the tooth and surrounding bone. If we don’t find decay, we will anesthetize the tooth and gum tissue. We then carefully remove a laser-thin layer of the enamel to make room for the tooth crown to fit over the tooth comfortably. If there is a lot of decay or damage, we will “build up” the affected teeth with filling material to support the teeth caps. After reshaping the tooth, we make an impression of it and of the teeth above and below to make sure that the new tooth crown will perfectly fit into your bite. We’ll also select a color shade that matches the color of your teeth. Then we’ll place a temporary crown to protect your tooth until your next visit. Meanwhile, we’ll send the impressions of your teeth and their color shade to our lab technicians, who will custom make a new crown using state-of-the-art technology and 3-D software. A week or so after your first visit, you will to return to our office where we will remove the temporary crown, check the fit of the new crown, and permanently cement the new tooth crown in place.
About Dental Crowns
- Teeth caps restore a tooth’s function and appearance following restorative dentistry procedures such as a root canal
- Dental crowns attach bridges, cover dental implants or prevent a cracked tooth from further damage
- Porcelain Crowns restore discolored or stained teeth to their natural appearance
- With proper care, a good quality tooth crown can last many years
Caring For Your Tooth Crown
Unfortunately, just because teeth are covered with teeth caps does not mean they are protected from all decay or gum disease. Your new crown won’t require any special care but you’ll have to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day — especially around the area where the gum meets the tooth to avoid excess plaque. An antibacterial mouth rinse can also help.
Your new tooth crown could last for many years. You will need to be somewhat careful about eat certain foods. Chewing gum, caramel or taffy could pull the crown off the tooth. Eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy will also compromise the adhesion of the cap for teeth, or even damage it. Jaw clenching or teeth grinding (bruxism) will also significantly shorten the life of a tooth crown.
Do you have any more questions about porcelain crowns or the dental crown procedure? Give us a call today at our Midlothian, VA office! We would love to help you if you are in the Richmond area, including Bon Air!