When is a Crown the Better Option for Good Oral Health?
Posted on 11/25/2019 by Keith Boenning, DDS
A crown for your teeth is a small covering that goes over or tops part of a preexisting tooth. Crowns are used for a variety of reasons, but the most common reason we implement a crown is to restore the shape of a tooth back to normal.
Crowns have various benefits including improving your bite, easing discomfort, and promoting good oral health. You can receive a crown if one or more of your teeth have been damaged or decayed due to bacteria or by physical means.
How Does a Crown Promote Good Oral Health?
When a tooth has a natural shaped that is not chipped, it becomes easier to clean and take care of. After a crown has been implemented, you will be able to floss and brush much more effectively. This is because when a tooth has become damaged and has an uneven shape, bacteria can more easily grow at the site. This, coupled with the difficulty in cleaning, could set you up for serious tooth decay if not treated properly.
How is a Crown Installed?
Installing a crown is a simple procedure consisting of a few steps. First, we assess the damage to the tooth or teeth, and then prepare the tooth by shaving it down so that it can receive the crown. Next, we will then make a mold of your new tooth or digitally recreate the tooth using advanced scanning machinery. After molding the tooth, you may receive a temporary crown while your permanent crown is being created.
This process can take up to two weeks, but it is usually less time. Finally, after the permanent crown is made, we will install it after scheduling a visit. Once your permanent crown is placed, then you will be able to brush and floss properly.
Crowns are necessary for good oral health. A damaged tooth can succumb to bacteria if it is left untreated and this could cause other issues down the road. If you are considering a crown or think you may need one, please feel free to call our office and schedule a consultation.