Restore the shape and color of your damaged tooth with a porcelain crown from Blue Ridge Dental Care in Raleigh. Your dentist, Dr. Ajamu Giscombe, advises repair with this reliable restoration for many reasons, all with the aim of smile improvement and long-term oral health.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a restoration applied over a broken, decayed or otherwise damaged tooth. This crown, or cap, is tooth-shaped and colored and fully restores the tooth to its full strength and normal function. Crowned teeth look just like their neighbors as your dentist in Raleigh carefully replicates the bite and size of your tooth with high-quality porcelain.
Why would you need a crown?
A dental crown spares a failing tooth from extraction. Teeth with an abscess, deep decay, large cracks, absent cusps (or corners) or odd shape and size often qualify for the crown procedure. Your dentist will look at the tooth and its surrounding tissues and also X-ray it to determine its potential for longevity.
In addition, people who have undergone root canal therapy typically need crowns to cover their restored teeth. Dental implants require crowns to complete the tooth replacement process.
What is the treatment like?
Dr. Giscombe removes the damaged portions of your tooth, takes oral impressions and fits the tooth with a temporary cap. This transitional restoration allows you to have a complete and functional smile as you wait for your permanent crown.
At the dental lab, a skilled technician uses high-quality porcelain to craft your crown. A shade guide and photo of your smile helps them fashion the restoration accurately and realistically.
Finally, your dentist removes the provisional crown and bonds the new one in place using a strong, permanent cement. Your dental crown is ready to use right away.
Will your crown last?
With good care at home and in the dental office, yes, it will last. Brush and floss daily, and get your routine check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Giscombe and his team. You should be careful about what you eat and chew on. Hard foods, such as caramels and peanut brittle, may crack or dislodge your crown. Avoid excessive wear by wearing a bite guard if you clench and grind your teeth.
If you think a crown is in your future, please call Blue Ridge Dental Care for a consultation with Dr. Ajamu Giscombe. He and his team love making people smile! Phone (919) 781-3862.