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By FAMILY & COSMETIC DENTISTRY GERALD R. RYAN D
November 25, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental crowns  

Dental restorations come in all shapes and sizes. One of the most time-tested and versatile restorations are crowns. Dr. Gerald Ryan, your dentist in Swartz Creek, MI, frequently uses crowns to improve his patients' appearance and dental health. Facts about crowns are detailed in this informative post.

Crowns have a long history.

Through archeological digs, it's been determined that the Etruscans, people who lived in what is now Italy during the Ice Age, might have been the first to use metal or gold crowns to cover up broken or decayed teeth. It wouldn't be until the early 1900's that ceramics would become the preferred way to create crowns, although they were known as "jackets" back then and had a metal interior that would often be exposed along the edges of the ceramic. By the 1990s, all-ceramic crowns became more common, and today, your Swartz Creek dentist uses the latest in dental advancements to create long-lasting, attractive crowns for the patients who need them.

Crowns are used for a multitude of reasons.

Dental crowns serve a variety of purposes. Most commonly, they're used to cover up the top part of a tooth that is too damaged or broken to repair with a filling. However, Dr. Ryan also uses crowns to support the placement of a dental bridge and to finish off root canals and dental implants with a realistic restoration. Sometimes crowns are used purely for cosmetic reasons, particularly if a tooth won't whiten effectively or a veneer isn't the appropriate way to restore it.

Crowns maintain your dental health.

While teeth are still extracted, it's less common than it was in years past. That's because it's been determined that keeping a tooth's roots intact helps preserve the integrity of the jawbone and the stability of surrounding teeth. As long as everything remains healthy below the surface of your gums, your Swartz Creek dentist will often use a crown on decayed or damaged teeth in order to make sure its roots stay where they should.

Crowns are long-lasting.

While dental crowns aren't designed to be permanent, they can last as long as 30 years with proper care and strict adherence to your Swartz Creek dentist's instructions. It's important to floss between each tooth and brush carefully with a non-abrasive toothpaste. Making sure you don't use your teeth to "cut" strings or open containers, as well as avoiding crunchy foods like ice can ensure the longevity of your crown.

Crowns are affordable.

Many people balk at the price of dental work, particularly if they are uninsured or underinsured. However, when considering the cost of emergency dental work or more complicated restorations, crowns are an affordable option.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gerald Ryan, contact Gerald R. Ryan Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Swartz Creek, MI at (810) 635-8446 today.

By GERALD R. RYAN D
November 21, 2017
Category: Dentist

A smile weakened by oral injury, deep decay or infection is sure to fail. Your Swartz Creek, MI, dentist, Dr. Gerald Ryan, uses dental dental crownscrowns 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.