Dental Crown Wauwatosa, WI
The teeth are incredibly strong. They are the hardest substance contained in the human body. They are even harder than your bones! Even so, they are not indestructible. Your teeth can be faced with physical damage or decay that can compromise the structure and the health of your teeth, putting them at risk for further harm or painful infections. When your teeth are damaged, treatment is needed immediately. Wauwatosa Dental Group can help with dental crowns.
What is a Dental Crown?
Minor damage to your teeth that only affects the enamel usually only affects the appearance of the teeth. However, if your teeth are affected by more significant damage or decay, the health of your teeth and their appearance are affected. This type of damage can compromise the structural integrity of your teeth as well as put them at risk for serious, painful, infections.
A dental crown is a treatment designed to restore a damaged or decayed tooth. The crown covers the entire visible surface area of a damaged tooth, restoring its strength while also providing it with protection.
Different Types of Crowns
There are several different types of crowns available. For many years metal and gold crowns were the standard of care, and these materials are still used today. They were used because of their strength, and their ability to withstand the conditions in the mouth for many years. The biggest drawback of metal and gold crowns is their color. Many patients are not fond of the idea of having a gold or silver tooth in their mouth, especially if the tooth is visible when you smile.
Ceramic crowns are a more recent but highly popular option. This material looks exactly like the rest of your natural teeth. It can be finished with a perfect color match, and ceramic even reflects light just like tooth enamel. The science of ceramics has advanced that we now have a material that is strong enough to give us the chewing strength we need, plus more preferred esthetics than a metal crown. Once set in place, it is hard to tell the difference between the ceramic crown and your natural teeth.
The Dental Crown Process
You can plan on having two appointments to complete the process. At your first visit, the tooth will be prepared by removing any decay, and the surface will be shaped so it can fit the crown. We then take impressions of your teeth so a customized crown can be created, and lastly we’ll make a temporary restoration to wear while your crown is being fabricated.
At the follow-up appointment, we'll take off your temporary crown and carefully place the permanent one ensuring that it fits correctly and the bite feels natural. After the crown is cemented in place, we recommend regular follow up care to ensure that your crown is functioning properly.
The Benefits of a Dental Crown
Dental crowns provide numerous benefits, including:
When faced with tooth damage, it is essential that you seek treatment right away, even if the damage does not seem that serious. A dental crown not only restores the strength to a damaged tooth, but it also aids in protecting the tooth from further damage and serious infections. Call Wauwatosa Dental Group at (414) 253-1669 today for more information and to schedule your appointment.