If you seriously damage a tooth, is extraction unavoidable? For the right answer, consult the experts at Brighton Family Dentistry. Dr. Brian Petersburg, Dr. Brian Giammalva and Dr. Wendy Jativa offer Brighton, MI dental crowns which cover and protect ailing teeth above the gum line. Discover the many benefits of these reliable and durable restorations.
What is a dental crown?
A crown is a tooth-shaped cover made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal (PFM). Appropriate for teeth with deep decay, dental abscess, damage from oral trauma and more, dental crowns normalize appearance and facilitate functions such as biting, chewing and speaking.
To qualify you for a dental crown, your dentist at Brighton Family Dentistry carefully inspects your tooth and surrounding gums. He or she X-rays the site, removes the damaged portions of the tooth and if needed, performs root canal therapy if the interior pulp has been compromised by infection.
Then, the dentist shapes the remaining healthy enamel to receive the crown. Oral impressions and a detailed treatment plan tell the dental lab how to precisely craft your restoration. After the crown returns from the lab, your dentist permanently cements it in place, adjusting if for accurate fit and bite.
Benefits of your new crown
The American College of Prosthodontists states that the single-tooth crown is dentistry's most frequently placed restoration. Why is it so popular? Well, dentists would rather crown a tooth than extract it because of the many deleterious effects of tooth loss. Smile gaps are unattractive, lead to bone and gum recession and weaken neighboring teeth.
Also, a dental crown is very versatile. It can cover a damaged, stained or congenitally misshapen tooth, or, used in multiples, can support fixed bridgework composed of one, two or more adjoining artificial teeth. Finally, custom-made crowns cover dental implants, today's strongest, most natural and longest lasting tooth replacements.
One of the best benefits of dental crowns is their longevity. With twice daily brushing and once a day flossing as recommended by the American Dental Association, crowns last ten years or beyond.
Do you need a crown?
If you do, your dental team at Brighton Family Dentistry will deliver a realistic, durable one. For a restorative dentistry consultation in Brighton, MI, please contact the office at (810) 227-4224.