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Dental Crowns In Shelby, NC

 What are Dental Crowns? 

They are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, Dental Crowns and Bridgeworkplaced on the top of a tooth. Crowns are typically 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, crowns are often used to restore the tooth. Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance. 

Procedures A tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. An impression is then made from the existing tooth to create a custom-designed crown.  The impression is sent to a special lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In some cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place. Crowns are sometimes confused with veneers, but they are quite different. Veneers are typically applied only to relatively small areas. 

Crowns are very versatile restorations and are used for a variety of purposes, including:

Strengthening Damaged or Weakened Teeth:
 Crowns provide stability to cracked or chipped teeth in danger of breaking and restore teeth that are already broken.

Providing Stability After Dental Procedures:
 Large fillings and root canal therapy are very effective treatments used to treat and repair tooth decay or inflammation and infection, but they can weaken teeth and make them more likely to break if they're not protected with crowns. 

Correcting Cosmetic Issues:
 Crowns conceal discolorations and chips, lengthen short teeth and change the appearance of crooked or oddly shaped teeth.

Caring For Your Crowns
 With proper care, a good quality crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration. Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown. 

Also Consider Bridges Fill-in Spaces

If you have lost one or more adjoining teeth, don't despair, we can fill that gap with fixed bridgework. Bridges are comprised of artificial teeth, or pontics, attached to neighboring natural teeth (abutments) via dental crowns. As with the crown procedure, we do a comprehensive oral exam and takes impressions. The treatment plan tells the lab precisely how to make the bridgework.

Because the appliance involves crowns, the dentist prepares the abutment teeth by removing some enamel. This process ensures the bridgework will be properly supported and stay in place for its expected lifespan of ten years according to the Cleveland Clinic. Expect a great smile!

Do you need Dental Crowns or want to learn more? 
Call Plaster Family Dentistry at (704) 487-7391 today
For more information or to book an appointment! 

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