The Royal Treatment with a New Dental Crown
The crown of your tooth, the part that’s visible above the gum line, undergoes an onslaught of attacks throughout a day. It’s placed under pressure from the other teeth when you chew food and close your mouth; it’s attacked by a barrage of digestive fluids and bacteria; and it’s charged with the task of protecting the rest of the tooth’s sensitive parts.
These responsibilities and encounters can sometimes lead to the crown becoming compromised. If this has happened to you, then don’t hesitate to reach out to our Rocky River office to schedule a visit with Dr. Eick so that, with your new crown placement, you can regain the functionality and aesthetics of your tooth!
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a restorative fixture that fits over your existing tooth like a cap or crown – as its name suggests. It’s usually placed in a two-visit procedure, which starts with Dr. Eick providing any necessary restorative care first, like bacteria or pulp removal.
Then, one of our highly-trained staff members will capture digital bite impressions using the latest in state-of-the-art equipment. That means you won’t have to worry about any messy putty like in times past. The images, along with a custom plan developed by Dr. Eick, are then sent to a trusted lab that will fabricate a brand-new crown.
Here are some of the restoration options we offer:
- All-ceramic crowns – We’ll typically use the all-ceramic option to restore the front-facing teeth because of how well they blend with the natural color of your other ivories.
- Porcelain-fused to metal – For situations that call for a stronger bond, we also offer the porcelain-fused to metal alternative, which provides a durable and lasting restoration.
- Gold – With this option, Dr. Eick will place a crown that consists of a mixture of gold, copper and other metals, the result being a sturdy restoration that’s highly resistant to wear.
Do I Need a Dental Crown?
If your tooth has weakened to a point to where it’s on the verge of failing, then you need to visit us to have a dental crown placed. This is also a viable option when the tooth has become extremely discolored, there is acute decay, or there is a severe crack.
To determine what the best solution is for you, just pay us a visit so your smile can be evaluated, and the necessary action can be taken to restore your oral health.
What are the Benefits of Dental Crowns?
You stand to gain much when your tooth is restored with a new dental crown. In addition to providing the functionality you need, the new crown will prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting. It will also provide you with a symmetrical appearance that leaves you more eager to smile for photos and to strike a conversation with the people you encounter. Thus, you’ll experience the joy of receiving treatment that straddles the line between cosmetic and restorative care!
Tips for Caring for Your New Crown
Once your new dental crown is in place, you should treat it like a normal tooth. That means activities that could also cause harm to your natural teeth, like eating ice, biting your fingernails or using your teeth as tools to pry open packages, should always be avoided.
It’s also critical that you keep a focus on your oral hygiene, which should include brushing and flossing at least two times a day to prevent any bacteria development that could cause your new crown to prematurely fail.
With help from your dentist in Rocky River, you now have an avenue to being fully restored. Contact us today to schedule an appointment so you can get on the road to functional and aesthetic bliss with your new dental crown!