It’s been awhile since Queen Elizabeth II was crowned as the queen of England. We weren’t around to see that ceremony.
However, based on the royal weddings that have taken place during her reign, we are confident that whenever the next king or queen succeeds her, we suspect it will be a pretty elaborate ceremony. This will include a crowning.
We do “crownings” at our dentist office in Kennewick, WA, although there isn’t much pomp or circumstance about the process. On the other hand, our dental crowns at Marineland Dental Care are much more practical and useful for daily use.
If you should need a dental crown now or in the future, we want you to understand the procedure for getting one.
Restorative dentistry is about restoring the appearance and the function of your teeth.
Most dental crowns are created and placed for restorative purposes. It’s quite common for patients to come to our office with chipped or broken teeth.
Things happen. People fall. People walk into things when they aren’t paying attention. People don’t always catch the baseball or softball thrown in their direction.
Regardless of why their teeth are broken, this embarrasses many people. They may be more aware of the flaws in their smiles, and this can lead them to avoid smiling or even avoid interpersonal contact.
We don’t think you should feel like you have to hide from other people because you feel ashamed of a chipped tooth.
A dental crown is an excellent way to reform your tooth so that it looks complete. This will revive your smile as well, and you can start to feel comfortable smiling in public again.
To get a crown, we will start by removing some of your tooth. In doing so, we remove the parts of your tooth that may have been weakened by the trauma. This allows us to reshape the tooth as well.
Part of reshaping the tooth is creating an abutment to support your dental crown. After this, we can place a temporary crown on your tooth. This will protect your tooth while your permanent crown is being created by a dental lab.
When your final crown is ready, you will return to our office. At this appointment, we will bond the dental crown to your tooth. With improvements to the materials used to make crowns, it will look practically indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
And your dental crown will be durable as well. It will be strong enough to allow you to bite and chew just like you could with your natural tooth before it was damaged.
A Versatile Solution
Above we talked about the restorative benefits of dental crowns, but it can do more than repair chipped, broken, and worn down teeth.
Here are some other times when we may recommend a dental crown for you:
- Decayed Teeth — Hopefully, you won’t need a dental crown for this reason. If you act early, a cavity can be treated with a filling.
If it gets too big, however, a filling won’t be enough to retain your tooth’s shape. In those cases, we will make a dental crown instead. The process for getting a crown in this situation is similar to what we described above. The difference is we are removing tooth decay instead of damaged parts of your tooth.
- Replacing An Old Filling — This is similar to what we just mentioned. Fillings are not permanent. After a few years they will need to be replaced.
With each replacement filling, we have to remove a little more of your tooth. If you have received multiple replacements, then you may reach a point when another filling won’t work. Much like the large cavity, a dental crown can be better solution in those situations.
- Root Canal Treatments — Root canal treatments are safe and effective way to alleviate the pain of an infected tooth. These kinds of infections affect the soft pulp in the center of your tooth. Whether they develop from untreated tooth decay, gum disease, or a severe break, the best solution is often to remove the pulp, nerves, and blood vessels inside your tooth.
After it is cleaned and filled, you need to seal the tooth. Dental crowns often are the most effective way of doing this.
Get Crowned Without The Ceremony
At Marineland Dental Care, we won’t have an elaborate coronation ceremony when you get your dental crown. We will do our best to restore your tooth to its original form and function, however.