A smile weakened by oral injury, deep decay or infection is sure to fail. Your Swartz Creek, MI, dentist, Dr. Gerald Ryan, uses dental crowns to strengthen and protect deteriorating teeth, avoiding unnecessary extractions and gaps. If you worry about the condition of one or more teeth, come to Gerald Ryan DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for a personal consultation focused on making your smile the healthiest it's ever been.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped and tooth-colored cap or cover which fits precisely over the healthy portion of a selected tooth. Crowns also support conventional bridgework, affixing one, two or more teeth in a row to adjoining teeth. Dental implants, the best tooth replacement option, are restored by customized porcelain crowns. Finally, teeth saved by root canal therapy typically receive dental crowns.
The crown process
Dr. Ryan and his professional colleagues craft crowns from porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal (PFM). Choice of material depends on the location of the tooth. For instance, porcelain fused to metal crowns work well for back teeth where the chewing forces are greatest, particularly if you experience bruxism, or habitual tooth grinding. All-porcelain works best for crowns at the front of the mouth because of the material's natural-looking appearance.
To determine if you qualify for a crown, your Swartz Creek, MI, inspects the tooth and takes digital X-rays. If there's sufficient healthy tooth structure above and below the gum line, he can proceed with the treatment.
Usually, Dr. Ryan numbs the area around the tooth and then removes the decayed portions and any old filling material. He shapes the remaining enamel so the crown fits accurately. He takes an impression, or cast, of the tooth. This impression and some additional instructions go to an area dental lab for fabrication of the crown. In the meantime, you wear a temporary crown to protect the tooth.
On your return visit to Gerald Ryan DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, the Swartz Creek, MI, dentist removes the temporary restoration and permanently bonds the new crown in place. He checks that the bite and fit are perfect.
Caring for crowns
Expect your new crown to last about ten years or even more. You'll be able to bite, chew and smile with confidence. However, it's important to brush and floss carefully around your tooth to avoid the risk of decay beneath the crown and gum disease around it. The same diligence applies to dental implants restored with crowns and fixed bridgework supported by crowns. Also, Dr. Ryan asks that you keep your routine appointments for exams and hygienic cleanings.
A strong and beautiful smile
Let Dr. Ryan evaluate your worrisome tooth for a precisely crafted dental crown. Call today for a consultation: (810) 635-8446.