You know that back tooth has numerous fillings. You worry that it will break soon, and then, what? You certainly don't want to lose it. At Gerald Ryan DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Swartz Creek, lifelike dental crowns could solve the problem. Dr. Ryan covers and protects weak teeth with pristine jackets of superior-grade porcelain, strengthening tooth structure and extending its useful life.
Do you need a dental crown?
Scores of Dr. Ryan's Swartz Creek patients do. Here's why. Dr. Ryan recommends dental crowns when:
- A tooth is cracked and chipped
- Dental abscess threatens extraction
- A tooth has undergone root canal therapy
- A dental implant has been placed and requires restoration
- You need to support a fixed bridge composed of one or more teeth
- Your tooth has multiple, old or failing fillings
- A tooth is unusually shaped and undersized as in the case of a peg-shaped lateral incisor
A single-tooth crown takes just two visits to Dr. Ryan's office. The first involves a thorough examination, X-rays, and oral impressions (if you and your dentist deems a crown is appropriate).
Then, the dentist carefully shapes the tooth so it can hold the crown. He removes any decay and filling material. You'll wear a temporary cap while you wait for your crown to return from the dental lab.
At your next appointment, Dr. Ryan takes off the temporary restoration and applies a permanent adhesive to the tooth. He sets the crown in place and adjusts the dental bite if needed.
Your crown is easy to care for
Really, oral hygiene is simple: brush twice a day for two minutes just as the American Dental Association recommends. Also, floss around your crown to avoid plaque and tartar which could cause gum disease or intrude underneath the cap, creating decay.
See your dentist every six months. You'll receive a hygienic cleaning and also a complete oral examination, including an assessment of the condition of your dental crown. When properly cared for, a dental crown can last about ten years or more.
You'll love your crown
A crown allows you to keep your tooth, normal oral function, jaw bone integrity and smile aesthetics. In other words, dental crowns solve the problems associated with a weak or failing tooth. For more information on this predictable restoration, call Gerald Ryan DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Swartz Creek, MI, at (810) 635-8446.