Dental Crowns in Buffalo, NY
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Dental crowns are one of the most common procedures performed in dental offices today. They are a restorative dental prosthetic that can help to restore damage teeth and provide additional stability to weak teeth. They are used in connection with a variety of different procedures and dental restoration, including root canals and partial dentures. They provide a strong, permanent solution to many dental problems.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is essentially a cap that is placed over and bonded to a damaged tooth, completely covering the surface area of the natural tooth.
It is designed to restore shape and stability to the tooth while providing a look similar to a natural tooth. Dental crowns vary in composition and come in four main varieties.
Ceramic dental crowns are most commonly used on the front teeth because they have the ability to blend and match best with the natural teeth, giving you a beautiful and natural looking smile. Porcelain-fused metal dental crowns are very similar to ceramic, but the metal base provides a stronger option with more stability.
Gold alloy dental crowns are a mix of metals and are much more durable, with no risk of fracture or wear. You and your dentist may opt for this on a back molar that is not seen when you smile but is most prone to wear. Base metal alloys are again a strong and durable metal option most used for back teeth.
Why Would I Need a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are used for a variety of restorative reasons. They have the ability to protect weak teeth, restore the natural shape to teeth that have been broken, help keep cracked teeth from additional damage, support teeth with large fillings, and increase stability of anchor teeth for people needing partial dentures. Dental crowns are also used as anchors for dental implanted teeth, to stabilize supporting teeth for a bridge, and to cap teeth after root canal therapy. For those looking at a purely cosmetic solution to tooth discoloration or uneven tooth shape, dental crowns can also be used to improve your smile.
What to Expect When Getting a Crown
A dental crown procedure typically takes two appointments. During the first appointment, the dentist prepares the tooth for the crown. This can include removing decay, removing part of the tooth, or, if the tooth is weak, building up the core of the tooth, often with a metal post. The dentist will then make a mold of the tooth and surrounding teeth that is sent off to a dental lab that will make the crown. At this point, your dentist will put a temporary crown in place until the permanent crown is ready.
For the second appointment, you will return for the permanent crown. The dentist will remove the temporary crown and put the permanent crown in place. He will check your bite and make any necessary adjustments to the crown before bonding it in place.
Caring for Your Dental Crown
Caring for a crown is, for the most part, similar to caring for your natural teeth, with some considerations. Regular brushing and flossing will help remove plaque and buildup from your teeth and keep your gums healthy, providing an environment that will maintain the life of the crown. Regular dental visits allow your dentist to monitor the crown for any signs of chips or cracks or signs that the bonding of the crown is coming loose. If he finds these problems, he can address them before they cause greater damage. With ceramic and porcelain dental crowns, you must use care to avoid cracks and chips. Try and avoid hard candies and other food, such as ice cubes, as these can damage the crown. Regular checkups will monitor any extreme wear occurring with the crown and make adjustments as necessary. While minor cracks or breaks can be fixed, larger damage can require the removal of the crown and the need for a replacement.
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Whether you are considering a crown for restorative or cosmetic purposes, give our office a call today and we can set up an appointment with dedicated Buffalo dentist Todd Shatkin DDS to discuss your options, how a crown may benefit you, and create a treatment plan that best addresses your needs.
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