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Dental Crown

Your teeth do a lot for you every day. Along with biting and chewing, your teeth help you to speak properly and smile confidently. They also play an important role in keeping your jawbone strong and healthy. Your teeth are incredibly strong and can stand up to a significant amount of use every single day. Despite their strength, however, the teeth can suffer physical damage or decay that can compromise their health and their strength. Mid Valley Dental can to restore damaged teeth with crowns.

What is a Crown?

Tooth damage and decay is a serious issue that needs to be addressed right away. Even minor damage can worsen over time, leading to serious consequences. The strength of the affected tooth is compromised, leaving it susceptible to splitting or shattering. The tooth may develop a painful infection. If the damage becomes too severe, the tooth may need to be extracted.

A crown is a dental restoration that is designed to treat damaged teeth. It is a cap-like restoration that is made to fit over the entire visible surface area of the affected tooth. It provides protection as well as restores strength, allowing your tooth to function normally. With the tooth restored, you avoid the need for a tooth extraction.

Materials for Crowns

Crowns can be made from many different materials. Some of the most common crown materials include
•  Metal. A crown made from metal is incredibly strong. It is practically indestructible. It also requires the least amount of enamel removal. However, metal crowns are not very aesthetically pleasing, being silver or gold in color. They can also pose issues for those with metal allergies.
•  Porcelain fused to metal. PFM crowns are made up of a metal base with a porcelain coating. The metal base surrounds your tooth, providing it with the same strength as a regular metal crown. The porcelain coating provides a more aesthetic result. In some cases, however, the metal can be seen through the porcelain. They are also not ideal for those with allergies to metal.
•  Ceramic. Ceramic crowns are made entirely from ceramic. While not as strong as metal, they do provide the greatest aesthetic results. Ceramic can be stained to perfectly blend in with the rest of your natural teeth, and it reflects light just like real tooth enamel.

Why Get a Crown?

There are many benefits associated with a crown. Benefits include
•  Protecting the tooth from further damage. The crown encases the entire tooth, preventing further harm.
•  Prevention of infections. The crown prevents bacteria from getting inside of the tooth.
•  Restoring strength to the tooth. Your tooth can function normally.
•  Preventing the need for tooth extraction.

How is a Crown Placed?

The process for placing a crown typically requires two separate appointments. At your first appointment, we need to prepare the affected tooth. This process, done under a local anesthetic, involves removing a portion of the tooth enamel. In doing so, we create the space necessary for your restoration to fit comfortably into place. After preparing the tooth, we take an impression and place a temporary crown.

Your impression is sent to our dental lab, where it is used to design and create your final crown. Once the crown is ready, you come back for your second appointment. We check your crown for fit and a comfortable bite. If everything looks and feels good, the crown is secured into place with special dental cement.

With a crown, we can help to restore the strength of a damaged tooth and protect it from serious harm. This allows the tooth to remain in the socket and prevent the need for tooth extraction. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call Mid Valley Dental at (920) 215-4160 today.
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