Is something different about your smile? Did something happen to one of your teeth? Are you missing a tooth or having a tooth extracted? If so, then you should be asking about a dental crown.
Dental crowns do more than just physically repair damaged teeth. We have seen how a dental crown can restore a patient’s self-esteem and confidence at our dentist office in Kennewick, WA.
In today’s post, we will discuss some reasons you may want a dental crown and how you can get a dental crown at Marineland Dental Care. If you have more questions at the end, please contact us to make an appointment by calling 509-591-0515 or by filling out our online form.
Reasons To Get A Dental Crown
Dental crowns are more often used for restorative purposes, so we will start our discussion there. We do want you to know that there are functional and cosmetic reasons to get a dental crown as well.
We will discuss the process a little later.
Please remember that you can contact Marineland Dental Care at any time to make an appointment to get a dental crown if you believe you would benefit from getting one.
With that in mind, here are some reasons you may consider getting a dental crown:
▶︎ Restoring A Tooth
Dental crowns are most often used to repair teeth that have been damaged in some way.
It would be a wonderful world if no one ever had tooth decay or developed a cavity. We know that’s not the world we live in, however. For small cavities, we can use dental fillings to restore the tooth.
For larger cavities, a dental crown is often necessary to restore both the shape and the function of the tooth. A dental filling frankly won’t be enough if a significant portion of a tooth has been weakened by decay.
If the decay gets too deep inside your tooth, that tooth can become infected. In those instances, a root canal treatment may be needed. A dental crown often is the final step in a root canal procedure since it seals and protects the tooth.
Tooth decay is hardly the only way a tooth can be damaged, however. Injuries, our habits, and things that we (try to) eat all can damage our teeth, too.
A traumatic impact to the face or mouth can cause teeth to break. Biting your nails, using your teeth to open packages, or grinding your teeth together can cause teeth to become worn down. Trying to bite into hard foods can cause chips and cracks in teeth.
In all those case, a dental crown at our dentist office can help. Call us at 509-591-0515 if you live in or near Kennewick.
▶︎ Replacing A Tooth
Just as we would prefer that none of our patients get cavities, we also would love it if all our patients were able to keep all their teeth. Again, this isn’t likely.
The same kinds of injuries that can cause broken tooth can cause teeth to get knocked out. In some cases, they can fracture teeth to a point where they need to be removed.
Untreated tooth decay may be a reason to remove a tooth as well. (A root canal would be preferable, but sometimes extractions are necessary.)
In most instances, we will recommend replacing a tooth that has been knocked loose, has fallen out, or has been extracted.
The best way to do this is by placing a dental implant in your jaw (to replace the root of your missing tooth) and then attaching a dental crown to restore the form and function of your tooth.
Schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Walter G. Hadley, if you would like to learn more about this process.
▶︎ Changing The Appearance A Tooth
From a cosmetic perspective, you may have an individual tooth that is discolored compared to the teeth around it.
You may other teeth that draw attention for other reasons. A misshapen tooth can become a distraction, and a short or small tooth can look out of place if it’s in a visible part of your smile.
Dental crowns can be used to make a tooth replacement that closely matches the color, shape, and size or the rest of your teeth.
How To Get Your Dental Crown
The first step is making an appointment at Marineland Dental Care. The next steps will depend on the reason you are getting your dental crown.
For damaged, decayed, discolored, misshapen, or short teeth, we will remove part of the tooth to form an abutment. When your dental crown is ready, it will be bonded to this abutment.
For infected teeth, the crown will be attached after the infection has been removed from your tooth and your tooth has been filled with a special material the reduces your risk of another infection. The dental crown protects the tooth and restores its function and form.
For missing teeth, the dental crown that goes on your dental implant will be made to blend in with the rest of your smile.
Making Your Appointment
Again, please contact us with any questions if you live near our dentist office in Kennewick, WA.