Posts for: February, 2016
Do you have teeth which have been damaged due to trauma or weakened from everyday use? A common treatment for these conditions is a customized crown, which strengthens and stabilizes weakened teeth. Determining if this treatment is right for your situation is easy with help from your Olathe, KS dentist.
What is a crown?
Crowns are cap-like covers which fit over the top of a tooth. They are used for teeth which have been weakened or damaged to strengthen the tooth and prevent further damage. Crowns are often used after root canal therapy, a large filling or to improve the appearance of a yellowed or misshapen tooth.
How is a crown made?
A dental crown fits, functions and feels like a natural tooth. The crown is color-matched to the surrounding teeth, ensuring the most natural appearance. A dental technician at a dental laboratory customizes your crown from a block of material, usually porcelain, and sends it back to your dentist’s office. The crown itself has an indention underneath which fits over the tooth.
Your dentist needs to shape the tooth being crowned into a certain shape before placing the crown. The shaping process involves removing small parts of enamel from the outside of the tooth to shape it into the same shape as the inside of the crown. This creates a perfect fit and ensures the crown stays in place. Your dentist affixes the crown to the tooth using special dental adhesive.
Caring for your crown is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Brush twice daily and floss at least once a day. It is important to see your dentist twice a year for regular examinations and cleanings. This allows your dentist to monitor your crown and make any necessary adjustments. It also allows your dentist to catch and treat any other problems with your teeth early. Regular cleanings prevent tooth decay and gum disease by removing plaque and tartar from the teeth’s hard-to-reach areas.
For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Anthony Marengo Jr., DDS, PA, Dr. Jacob Sylvester, DDS and Dr. Jay Morris, DDS at Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, KS. Call 913-829-9222 to schedule your appointment today!