Modern dentistry emphasizes this basic principle: save as much natural tooth structure as possible. Gone are the days of expedient extractions, for today's dentists understand how important each tooth is to appearance, oral function, smile alignment, and bone structure. Therefore, if you have a tooth compromised by decay, abscess, or injury, Dr. Gerald Ryan will likely recommend a dental crown. Placed in his Swartz Creek office, a crown protects remaining healthy enamel and re-creates a good-looking, well-functioning smile.
Details on dental crowns
Made of durable and lifelike ceramic, a dental crown is custom-crafted and individually colored to remake a tooth damaged by oral trauma (e.g. a deep vertical crack), infection, numerous fillings, or a weak or odd congenital shape (e.g. a peg-shaped lateral incisor). It covers a tooth from the gum line on up, and it fits in perfectly with neighboring teeth with lifelike size and shape.
Oral examination and X-rays help Dr. Ryan determine if a crown is necessary and if it would truly restore a tooth. If it would, rest assured that your crown treatment will be totally comfortable and precise. Dr. Ryan uses oral impressions and a carefully formulated care plan to tell the local dental lab how to make your crown.
Your tooth will be ground down to remove damaged enamel and fillings. It will be shaped and then covered with a temporary restoration which you'll wear until the permanent one is ready. When it is, the temporary is removed, and the new crown is cemented in place.
What else crowns do
Dr. Ryan also uses crowns to restore or finish installing dental implants and to support multi-tooth bridges. A tooth saved by root canal therapy also requires a crown.
Preserve your tooth
The American Association of Endodontists says that there is nothing like a real tooth for:
- Personal appearance
- Maintenance of dental alignment and tooth stability
As such, a dental crown from your Swartz Creek dentist is a great opportunity to keep your smile intact. With good at-home and in-office care, your restored tooth should function for years.
At Gerald Ryan DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our professional team helps people of all ages have healthy, beautiful smiles. Dental crowns are just one of many restorative services. To learn more about crowns and other ways we can help your smile, please call us for an appointment: (810) 635-8446.