Residents of Ware Shoals, SC, ask about the dental crown procedure
Dental crowns are useful in various situations. For example, crowns can protect a weak tooth, restore a broken one, hold a dental bridge in place, or improve cosmetic appearance by covering crooked or discolored teeth. Dr. Christopher Griffin, DMD, serving patients in the Ware Shoals, SC vicinity, can prepare and bond a crown into place in two office visits.
During the first visit, Dr. Griffin and his team take x-rays to determine if the tooth has decay or if there is a potential for infection or injury to the tooth’s root. Then the tooth and the gum area around it are numbed. Next, the tooth is either filed down to make room for the crown, or built up using filling material to support the crown. Once the tooth is reshaped, Dr. Griffin makes an impression of the tooth and surrounding area.
An interim crown is created and cemented in place to cover and protect the prepped tooth while the final restoration is being manufactured at a dental lab. During this time patients should exercise a few precautions including avoiding sticky or hard foods that can pull off or break a temporary crown. Shifting the majority of chewing to the other side of the mouth, and taking extra care when flossing also helps to avoid inadvertently dislodging the temporary crown. Once the porcelain crown is ready, the patient returns to the dental office for the second appointment.
At this visit, Dr. Griffin removes the temporary crown. He ensures that the permanent restoration fits properly and that the color matches the patient’s surrounding teeth. He makes final adjustments, and if necessary, the tooth and gum area are once again numbed before the new crown is permanently bonded into position.
Once complete, the crown should last approximately 15 years depending on the patient’s oral care, health, mouth habits, and how much the tooth is used. A dental crown requires no extra attention. However, patients should follow good oral hygiene practices such as brushing, flossing, and using an antibacterial mouth rinse.
If you think you might need a dental crown, call Dr. Christopher Griffin, DMD and his team. They can save a weakened tooth and restore your beautiful smile.