Fragile Tooth? This Is How a Dental Crown Can Save It

Which conditions are most damaging to teeth? Decay and gum disease top the list, but oral damage and excessive wear from age, acid accumulation or grinding of the teeth also lead to tooth loss. However, your dentist in Cincinnati OH, Dr. Manju Kejriwal uses beautiful porcelain crowns to strengthen weak teeth, replicating their original strength and natural beauty.

What's a Crown?

A crown is often called a cap and is a tooth-shaped, tooth-colored artificial tooth of ceramic of superior quality. Typically made to cover healthy tooth structure above the gum line, a crown protects and enhances the quality, longevity and appearance of a tooth. In fact it simply blends in with the rest of your smile when you crown a tooth.

The procedure to crown a tooth

Expect two visits to your Cincinnati dentist where she will examine your tooth and gum tissue surrounding it. She'll also X-ray it to assess the underlying bone. Some teeth need root canal treatment (removal of inflamed interior pulp) before they can position a crown.

Here's how the treatment goes. Your dentist in Cincinnati OH will first strip the damaged and decayed enamel. (You may need some local anesthetic for this.) Then the tooth will be shaped so that the crown can be fit and a temporary cap can be placed over it for support. Oral impressions are required of the tooth by the dental laboratory, so that the technician can replicate it for size and shape.

Upon returning to your dentist (in about a week), she will will take the temporary restoration off. She will bond the permanent crown in place, using a strong dental adhesive. A quick appraisal for matching bite, fit and color completes the procedure.

Protecting your dental crown

Whatever type of crown you have — a single tooth crown, a crown that restores a dental implant, or multiple crowns to anchor fixed bridgework — you have to diligently brush and floss. The American Dental Association will encourage you to brush with a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste twice a day. Also, floss once a day with your favorite product to remove plaque from the gum line and in between your teeth.

That’s all about how a crown restores and saves a natural tooth! Need a dental crown? Click here to get in touch with the best dental crown dentist in Cincinnati OH.