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Dental Crowns: What You Need to Know

Dental Crowns: What You Need to Know

At McKenzie River Dental, we want to be your trusted cosmetic dentist in Springfield. When you have a broken, cracked, or weak tooth, we’ll help you find a solution right away. Dental crowns are a common restorative dental procedure. Not only do they cover and protect damaged or decayed teeth, but they can also improve the look of teeth that are misshapen or discolored. In short, crowns can improve your smile’s appearance, function, and overall health.

When your Springfield dentist recommends dental crowns, it’s important to understand what to expect. So let’s go over the process: what to expect before, during, and after you get your crown.

What is a crown, exactly?

Dental crowns, also known as caps, completely encase the visible portion of a damaged tooth. We typically use them to restore a tooth’s shape, size, strength, and appearance. Getting a dental crown typically involves two appointments after the consultation: preparing the tooth and placing the crown itself. 

Dental crowns are made from ceramic, porcelain, or zirconia for strength. They’re designed to match the color of the surrounding teeth for a seamless appearance. With proper care and maintenance, dental crowns can last for years.

Patients might need a dental crown in cases like:

Large Cavities: If a cavity is too large to be filled, a crown can protect the remaining tooth structure and prevent further decay.

Root Canal Treatment: A crown is often placed over the tooth after a root canal procedure to provide additional protection.

Broken or Cracked Teeth: A crown can cover a broken or cracked tooth and protect it from further damage.

Cosmetic Improvement: A crown can be used to improve the appearance of a tooth that is discolored, misshapen, or disproportionately small.

Supporting a Dental Bridge: A crown can be used to anchor a dental bridge, which is used to replace more missing teeth.

Protecting Weak Teeth: A crown can protect a weak tooth from further damage, especially if it is prone to breaking or has a large filling.

Before Getting Your Crown

Before getting a crown, you’ll schedule a consultation with your dentist in Springfield, Oregon. During this consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth, gums and jaw, take x-rays, and discuss your dental history and any questions. They will also discuss the different types of dental crowns available. 

After you and your dentist have decided on the best type of crown, our office staff will help you schedule the procedure.

Placing the crown

First, your Springfield dentist will prepare your tooth for the crown. Preparing the tooth involves removing any damaged or decayed tooth structure and shaping the tooth to make room for the crown. Your dentist will also take an impression of your teeth, which will be used to create a custom-made crown that fits perfectly on your tooth. Next, the dentist places the custom-made crown on your tooth. They’ll make any necessary adjustments to ensure a proper fit. Once the fit is correct, the dentist will use dental cement to bond the crown to your tooth.

Taking care of your crown

After getting your dental crown, take good care of your teeth and gums to ensure they last as long as possible. Practice good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing regularly. Visit your Springfield dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. Avoid biting down on hard foods or using your teeth as tools. (You’d be surprised what people do!)

If you notice any changes in your bite or discomfort after getting dental crowns, call your dental team to let us know. We’ll take a look to see if anything needs a slight adjustment. Your new crown should feel seamless.

Springfield Dental Crowns

Dental crowns typically have a lifespan of around 5-15 years. At McKenzie River Dental, we want you to have a beautiful, healthy smile for a lifetime. 

When your tooth needs a crown, visit your cosmetic dentist in Springfield. Dental procedures can be stressful, but you’ll be so glad you had it taken care of with our caring, professional team. Get confident in your smile. Make an appointment today.

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