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At Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, your team of three family dentists offer many restorative services which double as cosmetic enhancements. One is the porcelain crown. Custom-crafted to strengthen and beautify a damaged tooth, a crown extends tooth life for years. Here's how Dr. Marengo Jr., Dr. Sylvester, and Dr. Kolarik use crowns to help their patients.
Dental crowns improve function, appearance and durability
A tooth-shaped cap fashioned from lifelike ceramic, a dental crown replaces tooth structure damaged by:
- Oral trauma from a fall, sports mishap, or car accident
- Unacceptable size and shape
- Wear and tear from age, acid reflux or habitual grinding and clenching (bruxism)
- Big fillings which weaken tooth structure, particularly the corners (cusps)
Crowns restore teeth saved from extraction by root canal treatments, and they top off dental implants, too. Crowns anchor conventional fixed bridges composed of one or more artificial teeth.
Your crown procedure
Medicinenet states that there must be sufficient healthy tooth structure to support a crown. If you and your family dentist decide on a dental crown, expect two visits to Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe. The first involves a simple exam, X-rays, and oral impressions. Your dentist will remove the damaged enamel and any filling material and fit a temporary cap over the tooth.
Then, at your next appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and permanently cement the new one in place. Your beautiful crown will look natural in color and shape, and with today's accurate fabrication techniques, you're assured of proper fit and bite, too.
As the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends, brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste. Floss once a day to remove plaque from the margins between the crown and gums, and see your dentist semi-annually for a professional cleaning and examination. If you are a teeth clencher or grinder, your dentist may advise you wear an acrylic bite guard to provide protection and cushioning.
If a crown is in your future, why not learn more about the process? Contact Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, KS, for a consultation with one of our family dentists. We open at 8 am Monday through Friday. Call (913) 829-9222.
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!