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.
How dental crowns from your dentist in Raleigh, North Carolina can make your smile strong again
A strong smile is important because it helps you chew and enjoy your food. But what if your smile has become damaged from decay or trauma? What can be done about your weakened smile? It turns out there is an effective way to strengthen your smile. Dental crowns can make your smile strong and beautiful again. Dr. Ajamu Giscombe at Blue Ridge Dental Care in Raleigh, North Carolina wants to share the facts about dental crowns and how they can strengthen and enhance your smile.
Dental crowns can help when you have damaged or decayed teeth which are missing a moderate to severe amount of tooth structure. They will make teeth stronger by covering the entire visible surfaces of teeth above the gumline.
When you bite down on a crown, the chewing forces are spread across the entire surface of your tooth, helping to guard against breakage. You can choose from several different materials for your crown, but many people choose porcelain because porcelain looks the most like natural tooth structure. It reflects light, just like tooth enamel. A porcelain crown provides both strength and beauty to your smile.
Other options are a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, known as a PFM crown. A PFM crown has the strength of metal and some of the cosmetic beauty of porcelain, but it is not light-reflective, so it is not as lifelike as pure porcelain.
If you have a tooth that is badly damaged, don’t worry. Most teeth can be restored with dental crowns. For teeth with a lot of tooth structure missing, a post may be inserted into your tooth and a metal framework built up around the post to provide attachment for your new crown.
Let crowns strengthen your teeth and give you back your smile! To find out more about dental crowns and additional restorative, cosmetic, or preventive services call Dr. Ajamu Giscombe at Blue Ridge Dental Care in Raleigh, North Carolina. Call now!
Working together--it's a great philosophy for interpersonal relationships, professional pursuits and even your dental care. Yes, your dentist in Raleigh, NC, Dr. Ajamu Giscombe, joins with you in pursuing a laudable goal--your best oral health. If you have a failing tooth or are missing one or more adjoining teeth, Dr. Giscombe offers beautiful crown restorations and bridgework tooth replacements which work together to save your smile. At Blue Ridge Dental Care, you get the best that modern dentistry has to offer.
What is a dental crown?
It's a customized, tooth-shaped cap crafted from porcelain, gold or porcelain-fused-to-metal. If you have a severely decayed and/or abscessed tooth, a dental crown could restore the tooth's appearance and strength.
Through digital X-rays and visual inspection, Dr. Giacombe can tell you if a crown could spare your tooth from needless extraction and the subsequent bone loss and gum recession. Also, he can tell you what material would work best for your restoration.
To place a crown, your Raleigh dentist injects the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Then, he removes the decayed and cracked portions, along with any old fillings. He shapes the tooth to receive a crown and takes an oral impression which will give the dental lab a three-dimensional image of the tooth. Dr. Giscombe finishes this portion of the restorative process with a temporary crown.
At the next appointment, the dentist removes the crown and permanently bonds the new one in place. The crown covers the shaped tooth completely--right to the gum line. The result is a strong, functional and good-looking tooth.
What is fixed bridgework?
Fixed bridgework spans smile gaps with artificial, or pontic teeth, that are strong and lifelike. To anchor the replacement teeth, Dr. Giscombe designs dental crowns which cover the natural teeth on either side of the gap. The bridge actually is one unit composed of the pontics and the crowns.
Fixed bridgework looks natural and optimizes biting, chewing and speech. To place this prosthetic, Dr. Giscombe makes sure the support teeth and underlying gums and bone are viable. He also shapes the teeth appropriately to receive their crowns.
Bonding is permanent, and just as with single dental crowns, fixed bridgework requires regular brushing and flossing at home and six-month maintenance cleanings at Blue Ridge Dental Care.
Your dentist in Raleigh may use crowns and bridges to restore, or cover, dental implants--titanium cylinders which screw right into the jawbone for superior anchorage and longevity. These prosthetics boast an almost 95 percent success and retention rate, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness, and they improve jaw bone integrity through a process called osseointegration.
Do you need restorative treatments?
Ask your dentist at Blue Ridge Dental Care in Raleigh, NC if a crown or bridge would help your smile. Call today for a consultation--(919) 781-3862.