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Do you have one or more teeth that are damaged, fragile, or unattractive? Your Portage, MI, dentists, Drs. David Johnson and Jared Hector of Johnson Family Dentistry can help restore your damaged teeth and improve your appearance with dental crowns.
How Do Crowns Work?
Crowns strengthen, protect, and improve the appearance of teeth. The hollow restorations slide over the tops parts of teeth, completely encasing them. Crowns are made of a variety of durable materials, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and resin. These materials are strong enough to withstand years of wear and tear and closely resemble the appearance of natural tooth enamel. Your crowns are cemented to your teeth and become a permanent part of your mouth.
Before you receive your crown, your tooth must be reduced in size. Decreasing the size of the tooth ensures a proper fit for your restoration. Your first crown appointment at our Portage dental office also includes the creation of a temporary crown and an impression of your mouth that will be used to create your permanent restoration.
Can Dental Crowns Help My Smile?
Dentists use crowns to:
- Restore Broken or Fractured Teeth: Broken teeth are unsightly, often painful, and impair your ability to chew. When you do attempt to bite, your broken tooth may accidentally cut your mouth. Your new crown will cover the broken edges, preventing cuts and ending pain that can occur when the broken ends of teeth are exposed to the air. Your new crown will fully restore the normal appearance of your tooth and restore your biting and chewing ability.
- Protect Fragile Teeth: Fragile teeth are at increased risk of breaking, due to the strong forces that you produce when you chew. Your new crown will absorb the biting forces, reducing stress on the tooth underneath.
- Make Short Teeth Longer: If one or more of your teeth are noticeably shorter than the others, crowns offer a simple solution. They can be used if your teeth are naturally short or if their length has changed because you grind your teeth while you sleep.
- Enhance the Appearance of Unattractive Teeth: Crowns can improve the color of a discolored tooth or make an oddly shaped tooth look perfectly straight.
Rejuvenate your smile with dental crowns! Call your dentists, Drs. Johnson and Hector of Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, MI, at (269) 381-7250 to schedule your appointment.
With dental crowns, the likelihood of needing a damaged tooth extracted, or pulled, is much less than it was in decades past. At Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, Michigan, Dr. Jared Hector and Dr. David Johnson routinely place crowns to restore damaged teeth. Wondering when you might need a crown? Read on to find out.
What is a crown?
You might have heard of teeth being "capped;" this is an outdated term for a crown. However, both of these names accurately describe the purpose of this restoration - to sit on top of a natural tooth. Crowns are often made from tooth-colored porcelain; they are shaped like a tooth and have a hollowed-out space on the underneath side. This space is the same shape as the tooth after your Portage dentist has prepared the tooth by removing the decayed areas. Crowns fit snugly on top of the prepared natural tooth and stay in place. Crowns can last many years with proper care.
Why do I need a crown?
There are several reasons why your Portage dentist may suggest crowns for your teeth. The main one is that you have an area of decay that is too large or deep to support a filling properly. This can also happen if a previous filling has failed. The crown will protect the tooth from breaking or bacteria from entering the tooth's interior. Crowns may also be used to cover up cosmetic flaws that can't be fixed by other means, such as whitening or bonding, and they're also the finishing touch on dental implants.
If you think one or more of your teeth might need a crown, contact Johnson Family Dentistry in Portage, Michigan to schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson or Dr. Hector. We can be reached at (269) 381-7250.
If you have a deeply decayed, misshapen, or fractured tooth, you can restore it with a beautiful porcelain crown from Dr. David Johnson's Portage office! Capping the remaining portion of your tooth, a crown remakes dental shape and strengthens it for many years of further service. Read on to learn more!
Don't extract it—save it!
Preventive dentistry aims to preserve healthy teeth and gums. Restorative dentistry fixes problems such as decay, abscess, fractures, and more. Dentists avoid extraction whenever possible, for losing one or more teeth changes personal appearance and degrades bone and gum tissue.
Today's dental crowns support and protect teeth that have weak or missing enamel or interior pulp infection (i.e. the ones that must undergo root canal therapy). Crowns from our Portage office also restore dental implants and affix bridgework to natural teeth close to a smile gap.
All in all, crowns are highly advantageous to patients of all ages. Plus, you can trust Dr. Johnson's artistic eye and hands-on skill for a great result. Most crowns last for ten years or more, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
The crown process
When considering crown placement, Dr. Johnson will examine your tooth and perform an X-ray screening to determine if it is viable to receive a crown. If the answer is yes, he'll numb the tooth and remove the damaged enamel with specialized tools.
Additionally, Dr. Johnson will take oral impressions to send to the dental lab. There, a ceramist will create a crown that is perfectly shaped, colored, and sized to restore your tooth. When you come to Johnson Family Dentistry for your next appointment, your dentist will check the fit and bite of the crown before cementing it in place.
At home, you'll find the restored tooth to be comfortable, well-functioning, and very natural looking. Brush it and floss it as you do your other teeth, and avoid chewing ice or extra-sticky foods so that you don't chip the crown or displace it. A mouth guard can protect your crown from excessive grinding and clenching, as well.
A beautiful smile
It's yours again when you beautify damaged teeth with realistic porcelain crowns from Johnson Family Dentistry. Call the office team today for a consultation: (269) 381-7250.