Crowns | Dentist in Waterford MI
Restore Broken Teeth
When a tooth breaks or is about to break and it is too fragile to be re-established with a filling, the only choice is a full-coverage restoration. Crowns are usually placed after a root canal treatment or when a large dental filling wears out and the hole has become an even larger cavity that requires direct treatment. Unfortunately a large filling isn’t really feasible because with such a large cavity, the tooth is likely to break, which could cause even more serious dental problems down the line, not to mention problems that are harder to treat. By placing a crown over the cracked, broken or nearly broken tooth, it becomes protected from the tremendous pressure of the jaw muscles.
The Crowning Process
If you are in need of a crown, you will need to make two appointments with the dentists at Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry. During the first appointment, the dentist will remove any remaining decay to ensure the tooth won’t erode or become infected while under the crown. After the tooth is properly cleaned, it will be shaped to accept the form of the crown over top of the tooth. Once the tooth has been adequately shaped, the dentist will make an impression of the tooth so a fabrication can be made. You will be given a temporary crown in the meantime to provide protection for your vulnerable tooth. In between the two visits, your crown will be constructed, typically fashioned from high-strength porcelain over gold alloy, ceramic material or gold. During your second visit, the dentist will place the permanent crown over your tooth and adjust it to fit properly. Once everything is in place, the dentist will cement the crown and your smile will be complete again!
Don’t let a cracked or broken tooth go too long without being examined by one of the dental experts at Stannard & Studt & Wolf Dentistry. Call today for a free consultation!