Your teeth are incredibly strong. They are the strongest substance in your body and are even harder than your bones. Despite their strength, your teeth can suffer damage and decay, both of which can compromise the integrity of the affected teeth and the health of your mouth. When you have suffered tooth damage, it is essential that you get treatment right away. Raptou Family Dental can treat damaged teeth, restoring the health of the affected teeth, their strength, and the appearance of your smile with all-ceramic crowns.
The importance of Treating Tooth Damage
Treating damaged teeth is essential. Even if the damage does not seem all that significant at the time, it is still important to seek dental care. Teeth that have been chipped or cracked can worsen over time. More significant damage can affect the inner layers of your teeth, providing direct access for bacteria to get inside. Once in the tooth, bacteria can then lead to a serious, painful, tooth infection.
What Is a Crown?
A crown is a dental restoration that is used to treat damaged teeth. It is a cap like restoration that is designed to cover over the entire visible surface of a damaged tooth. It aids in preventing further damage and protects the tooth from developing an infection. It also works to restore strength to the affected tooth, allowing it to function normally. With a crown, we can help to avoid the need for a tooth extraction, allowing your tooth to remain in its socket. Avoiding an extraction also avoids the need for a tooth replacement such as a bridge or a dental implant.
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Why Use Ceramic?
Crowns can be made from a variety of different materials, including metal, porcelain fused to metal, and ceramic. Ceramic crowns provide several significant advantages. One of the biggest advantages of ceramic is that it perfectly matches the rest of your natural teeth, restoring not only your oral health but the appearance of your smile as well.
Ceramic can be stained and finished to blend in seamlessly with the color of your surrounding teeth. The material also reflects light just like your natural tooth enamel. Once in place, no one will be able to tell the difference between your ceramic crown and your natural teeth. In addition to providing a seamless restoration, ceramic crowns are fairly strong. While not as strong as metal, they can withstand normal daily wear and tear. Ceramic crowns also do not contain any metal, which makes them ideal for patients who have allergies or sensitivities to metal.
Placing Your Ceramic Crown
The process for placing a ceramic crown typically requires two separate appointments. At your first appointment, the affected tooth is prepared. Done under a local anesthetic, preparing your tooth involves removing a portion of the tooth enamel. This is done to reduce the tooth in size so that your crown can fit comfortably and naturally in place.
After the tooth is prepared, we then take an impression of your mouth. The impression is sent to our dental lab, where it is used to design and fabricate your custom crown. Your second appointment occurs after your crown has been sent back. We check the crown for fit, bite, and appearance. If everything looks and feels good, and no adjustments are needed, we bond the tooth into place over the affected tooth using special dental cement.
If you have suffered tooth damage, it is important to seek dental treatment right away, even if the damage does not seem that serious at the time. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Raptou Family Dental today at (614) 427-0449.